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Culinary Chinese Anyone?

First Chinese Character

If you aren’t a native or overseas Chinese, or have never thought about learning anything about Chinese writing, the character above will likely appear as a block of meaningless scribbles… Still, I can pretty well guarantee that if you have ever eaten in a Chinese restaurant, or even passed by enough of them, this character has been seen by you many, many times.

Does that spark your curiosity at all?

Being a student of written Chinese, as it relates to food at least, I used to follow a number of, now defunct blogs, on ‘culinary Chinese’ and I have occasionally thought about doing something similar myself. The prospect, however, is a little daunting, given the already pressing heavy blog load I carry, but I would still be willing to explore this new ‘thread’ a little further if enough of my readers express some interest.

If you would like to learn a little more about how to read a Chinese menu (and maybe get the good stuff that doesn’t appear in English), please let me know and I can maybe start a new blog project. Happy New Year everyone!


8 Comments Post a comment
  1. that would be wonderful–I had a Chinese friend at university who used to order the good stuff of the menu that none of the rest of us could understand

    January 1, 2014
  2. As the writer of one of those defunct blogs, I would love to see you take up the baton!

    January 1, 2014
  3. Keith #

    I’d really enjoy it, but I’m not the one who would be doing the heavy lifting.

    January 1, 2014
  4. One foreign language I’m learning for culinary purposes (i.e. Italian) suffices for me. Impressive project!

    January 1, 2014
    • I need to flesh out my basic plan before I get started so it will be a few weeks at least….

      January 1, 2014
  5. ohsohappy #

    Count me in! Having recently been introduced to Xiao Long Bao in San Francisco, I would welcome the opportunity to (even partially) understand a prized Chinese menu.

    February 2, 2014

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