One of the joys of Chinese food is the wide variety of flavours it can offer—yet not everybody likes the same tastes. There are those who like sweet; or sour; or sweet and sour; or bitter and so on. What do you like and can you talk about what flavours and tastes you prefer? Alternatively can you ask others what flavours they like?
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) How to ask about different flavours in food
(ii) To tell someone what flavours and tastes you like
A husband and wife are eating at home:
(zài jiā chī fàn)
(having dinner at home)
Chī fàn la!
(hē le yī kǒu) ā yà, zhè tāng hǎo là!
(takes a sip) This soup is too spicy!
Nà nǐ cháng cháng zhè ge, zhè ge cài shì suān tián de.
Try this then. This dish is sweet and sour.
En, hǎo chī! Nà gè shì shén me cài?
Um, yummy! What is that dish?
Nà gè shì chǎo kǔ guā.
That is stir-fried bitter melon.
(chī le yī kǒu) à, yòu xián yòu kǔ!
(having a bite) Ah, it’s salty and bitter!
Bù hǎo yì si! Wǒ kě néng fàng yán fàng duō le.
I’m so sorry, I probably put too much salt into it.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
尝尝：taste/give this one a try
酸甜：sweet and sour
苦瓜炒牛肉：stir-fried bitter melon with beef
‘又……又’ is a combination of both ‘A and B’.
Zhè lǐ yòu rè yòu cháo.
Here is hot and humid.
Wǒ yòu lèi yòu è.
I am tired and hungry.
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