We all need to eat! But if you can’t tell someone what you want to eat, or point out your favourite food, how are you going to get by? Make sure you know how to tell people what you want and order the things you like to eat!

In this Podcast you will learn:

1) How to say breakfast, lunch and dinner in Chinese

2) About famous foods in different regions in China

Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:

1) 早餐:Breakfast

2) 午餐:Lunch

3) 晚餐:Dinner

Note: you can also say 早饭,午饭, 晚饭 to describe breakfast, lunch and dinner—these are more casual expressions



Cultural notes:

1) Noodles are one of the most common foods in China. There are so many different types of noodles and different cooking methods for noodles. Also, as most noodles are quite long, to Chinese they represent “long life”. So, noodles are a popular dish for birthday meals, especially for the elderly to wish for them to live longer

2) Noodles and rice are two of the most common foods in China. In general, people in the northern region prefer to eat noodles often, whilst in the southern region people eat rice more frequently 早餐是几点:What time is breakfast?

包子:Steam stuffed bun (baozi)

天津狗不理包子:Goubuli buns are a very famous brand of stuffed baozi from Tianjin with each bun usually having eighteen wrinkles. Sometimes translated as Go Believe, (Chinese: 狗不理; or literally: “dogs don’t pay attention”) the buns were first made in 1858, and are one of China’s longest established brands. 上海小笼包:Xiaolongbao is another type of steamed bun from the Jiangnan region, known especially around Shanghai and Wuxi. Traditionally prepared in small bamboo steaming baskets (xiaoloong), which give them their name, xiaolongbao are sometimes referred to as a kind of “dumpling”. Or, sometimes, they are considered as a kind of “soup dumpling”. In Shanghainese, they are also often known as sioh-lon meu-doe or xiaolong-style mantous

饺子:Dumplings—traditionally, people in the north like to make dumplings together with their family on Chinese New Year’s eve



北京烤鸭:Beijing Duck/Peking Duck

四川火锅:Sichuan Hotpot


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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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