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Jan 8, 2013 04:57 PM

How Does a White-Bread Person Order 'The Good Stuff' in a Chinese Restaurant? [moved from San Diego board]

Quote by Karatheon on a recent posting about 'Good Chinese restaurants".

"They are the exact same dishes (by name). It just has a chinese name or american name. If you order in mandarin, you get like 15% off."

OK, how do I order in Mandarin?

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    1. Call them and ask to have the chef prepare you a variety of entree's that he/she would order. You may be surprised!

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      1. re: cstr

        I don't think the OP is interested in getting any "special" dishes; he/she just wants to get the 15% discount.

      2. OK, how do I order in Mandarin?

        Bring someone who speaks Mandarin.

        1. I would imagine, assuming this is actually true every time, that the owners have decided to give a slight discount to their fellow countrymen (and women), and possibly also to those who know their native language, for whatever reason. Unless you are from their country or know their language, you're not going to get the discount. Unless you bring someone with you who is/knows, as is stated elsewhere.

          It's not the secret menu at In and Out that's good for everyone as long as you know the "secret" things to order (not so much a secret anymore, but you get my meaning), it's a preference given to certain types of customers, and if you're not one, you don't get the preferential treatment.

          1. "OK, how do I order in Mandarin?"

            Find out the name of the dish in Mandarin and learn to recite it from memory.

            Is this a trick question?