If you always order the same thing in a Chinese Restaurant because you don't understand the menu - this guide is for you.
Certainly not all inclusive, it lists many of the common words and descriptions you will find on a Chinese Restaurant Menu to help you make your selection.
For example - if you order Moo Goo Gai Pan you can expect white mushrooms and sliced chicken.
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Bird's Nest Soup(Authentic)
Made using the nests of the swiftlet, a tiny bird found throughout southeast Asia. Instead of twigs and straw, the swiftlet makes its nest from strands of gummy saliva, which harden when exposed to air. Once the nests are harvested, they are cleaned and sold to restaurants, where they are served simmered in chicken broth.
Chinese Cabbage. Sometimes known as Nappa Cabbage.
Fine strands made from Mung Beans
Assorted steamed dumplings and hot snacks
Bean Curd (Known as Tofu in Japanese)
Combination of cinnamon, star anise, cloves, fennel and Szechuan pepper
Sauce with combination of sweet and spicy flavors. Mae from soybean paste and flavored with garlic, sugar, chilies, and other spices and ingredients.
Green leafy vegetable also know as water spinach
Spice hot with peanuts
Sausage (usually pork or liver)
Also known as Fuzzy Melon. Similar to winter melon
Sauce made from boiled oysters and seasonings
Made from Chinese plums, chili peppers, ginger, vinegar and sugar
Hot pepper sauce