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Nov 23, 2005 02:40 PM

Learn to read Chinese menus (in Chinese!)

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I found this web site a while back while looking for info on how to read Chinese menus in Chinese, since I realized that the English menu translation in many Chinese restaurants leaves off lots of dishes, including some of the tastier, more interesting dishes.



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  1. You might want to check out:

    James D. McCawley
    The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters

    available at Amazon and elsewhere.

    1. I am a Chinese speaker, and was thinking of doing something like this for the Chowhound community (though probably would not have done it quite so professionally!). It's very thorough, accurate, and probably quite useful for anyone who wants to read those Chinese-only specials menus (that prompted me to learn Chinese in the first place).

      1. Thanks for sharing such an interesting site with us.

        1. I hope it's OK to resurrect this rather ancient topic, but I keep finding references to the site when I'm searching — sadly it is no longer in existence. I'm doing a similar project myself — — and was wondering if anyone knows of any still-extant sources that I could look at.

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            1. re: Kake

              I like your website too. If you can think of a way to condense this and get it into an app for the iPhone, I think the world would beat a path to your door.

              1. re: 512window

                Thank you both for the kind words. Re an iPhone app, I'm aiming more for "I learnt to read menus and you can too!" rather than "here is a thing that will translate menus for you". I'm sure there's already an app you can use to look up individual vocabulary items if you just need to jog your memory. (Or have I misunderstood you and you meant an app to help you learn?)

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