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I want to eat something light and "cheng"

luckyfatima Feb 1, 2010 12:27 AM

A native Chinese speaker (not sure what dialect, something Southern, maybe Cantonese?) said in English that they wanted to eat something light and "cheng". Does anyone recognize this term? If so, what does it mean?

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  1. K K RE: luckyfatima Feb 1, 2010 10:00 AM

    Sounds like Mandarin to me, and perhaps more along the lines of "tsing" as in "tsing daan", also meaning light (i.e. low salt, low oil/grease, no MSG) but more importantly "natural".

    1. PeterL RE: luckyfatima Feb 1, 2010 10:04 AM

      Could be either Cantonese or Mandarin, means clear, bland, simple. Usually paired with the word "Daam", meaning bland (low salt).

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      1. re: PeterL
        KTinNYC RE: PeterL Feb 1, 2010 10:34 AM

        I'll second this. Plain jook comes to mind.

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        chococat RE: luckyfatima Feb 1, 2010 10:37 AM

        If it's "ching" in Cantonese, my interpretation is that it means "cleansing". But more practically, it's what the previous posters have said-- fresh, and light, maybe with a refreshing touch of acid or bitterness.

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        1. re: chococat
          KTinNYC RE: chococat Feb 1, 2010 10:41 AM

          Interesting, ching never brought to mind anything acidic or bitter. A "ching" soup, in my mind, would be a light beef or pork stock with watercress and red dates.

        2. PorkButt RE: luckyfatima Feb 1, 2010 04:19 PM

          Light and clean tasting


          1. luckyfatima RE: luckyfatima Feb 1, 2010 08:31 PM

            Great info. Thanks all.

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              jecolicious RE: luckyfatima Feb 1, 2010 08:46 PM

              Could be Fujianese too. meaning it's "Clean"

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              1. re: jecolicious
                luckyfatima RE: jecolicious Feb 2, 2010 12:05 AM

                The speaker is Malaysian but ethnic Chinese, I never bothered to ask what Chinese dialect is used at home, but mostly they are Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew and all the usual SE Asian Chinese suspects so I wouldn't be surprised if it were a Fujianese word.

              2. buttertart RE: luckyfatima Feb 2, 2010 09:31 AM

                Could also be zheng - steamed?

                1. raytamsgv RE: luckyfatima Feb 2, 2010 09:41 AM

                  Sounds like something that is low in fat/oil, easy on the seasonings, and easy to digest--basically nothing heavy. A steamed vegetable dish might do the trick. Otherwise, go for simple congee. It doesn't have to be plain, but if you add anything, keep it simple like congee with chicken, ginger, and green onions.

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                    Humbucker RE: luckyfatima Feb 8, 2010 07:29 PM

                    Whenever my mom is raving about something being "ching", I know I don't want what she's having because it's almost certainly going to be too bland for my tastes.

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