Cooking and food words (throwback)
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Cooking and food words (throwback)

Cooking and food words (throwback)

Note: We’ll be running several throwback issues from late December through to early January. Thank you dear reader for supporting Giant Mandarin over 2021! We’re looking forward to bringing you new content over 2022.

Welcome to this week’s issue of the Giant Mandarin newsletter. This week’s newsletter is about cooking and food.

In this week’s Elementary–Intermediate Words we focus on words for common foods in Chinese cuisine. In Advanced Words, we focus on words about the act of cooking itself.

Finally, in Supplementary Reading we suggest an article on meeting China’s most influential female chef, a piece on Chinese dumplings and two Chinese cooking channels on YouTube. (There are many more great channels!) We hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter!

Elementary–Intermediate Words

  1. nr米饭 mǐfàn - rice 🍚
  2. 饺子 jiǎozi - dumplings 🥟
  3. 面条 miàntiáo - noodles 🍜
  4. 馒头 mántou - a type of white, soft, unfilled bun, usually steamed
  5. 包子 bāozi - a type of filled bun, usually steamed
  6. 汤 tāng - soup
  7. 蔬菜 shūcài - vegetables 🥬
  8. 肉 ròu - meat 🍖
  9. 鱼 yú - fish 🐟
  10. 油 yóu - oil

Advanced Words

  1. 做饭 zuòfàn - to cook 👨‍🍳
  2. 厨房 chúfáng - kitchen
  3. 炒 chǎo - to stir fry
  4. 煎 jiān - to pan fry 🍳
  5. 蒸 zhēng - to steam
  6. 煮 zhǔ - to boil
  7. 烤 kǎo - to roast (a duck); to bake (a cake); to toast (a slice of bread)
  8. 切 qiē - to cut
  9. 搅拌 jiǎobàn - to stir
  10. 包 bāo - to wrap (dumplings or a present)

Supplementary Reading

  1. What I Discovered on My Quest to Meet China’s Most Influential Female Chef, Fuchsia Dunlop, FT Magazine. (Be sure to check out her excellent cook books too!)
  2. From Xiaolongbao to Siu Mai: A Primer on the Chinese Dumpling, Sophia Yan, SupChina
  3. Chinese cooking channels on YouTube: Chinese Cooking Demystified and 小高姐的Magic Ingredients. (There are many more great channels other than these two!)

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