Here’s just a small blog on my experiences with food living in Inner Mongolia province. I have included a short but useful list of words and phrases in Pinyin, photos of take away food we ate on the job and some interesting facts;
WORD & PHRASES LIST
- Jiao Zi (Dumplings)
- Da bao (Take away)
- Mantou (Steamed bread)
- Bu hao chi (Not good to eat)
- Zhe ge cai you rou ma? (Does this dish have meat?)
- Pi jiu (beer )
- Wo chi bao la / Wo he duo la (I am full / I am drunk)
- Kuai can (fast food)
- Wo xi huan la de (I like it spicy)
Did you know …
… that the amount of bamboo chopsticks used in China is immense!; a staggering estimate of 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks are used and thrown away each year!! That is equal to 25 million fully grown trees annually!
… that in 2002, China had a fourth of the world’s chicken population , at around 4 billion chickens!
… that in North China, most Chinese’ favorite meat on the barbie is chicken feet ?
… that the consumption of rice in China (of course worlds largest consumer) stood at 135.000.000.000 kg in 2003/2004!
… that when KFC first translated its advertising slogan “finger lickin’ good” into Chinese, it came out as “eat your fingers off”
… that China is by far the worlds largest garlic producer with 12.088.000.000 kg! (2008 figures)
… that Kung Fu Tea (Gong Fu Cha) has got nothing to do with martial arts?
慢慢吃！ (mànmàn chī!)
(Literally meaning ‘eat slowly’, although hardly ever said in China)