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Feb 1, 2010 12:27 AM

I want to eat something light and "cheng"

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. 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. 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

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

      2. 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

          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.