Do you find it difficult to order food in China? Have you ever had to eat very spicy food just because you didn't know how to express the spiciness you wanted?
In this lesson, we learn how to call for the waiter, specify the spiciness you want, and what to say when the food is taking too long.
First, let's see how you can call for the waiter and tell him that you want to order.
Waiter, menu! We would like to order.
“服务员／服務員” means waiter, and can be used for both men and women. A lot of Chinese also like to use “美女 [měi nǚ]” (beautiful girl) and “帅哥 [shuài gē]” (handsome guy) to call for the waitress or waiter, in hopes that making the staff happy could lead to getting better service.
Ok, now that you have a menu, you can start ordering food. We can use “我要 [wǒ yào] + name of the food” or “给我来个 [gěi wǒ lái ge] + name of the food” to order.
- Waiter, I want three bowls of rice. - Give me one spicy chicken.
“辣子鸡” is a very spicy dish. If you don’t like your food that spicy, you can tell the waiter the level of spiciness you would like. In China, spiciness can roughly be divided into 5 levels, as follows.
Not spicy, mildly spicy, normal spicy, very spicy, extremely spicy.
Using this new knowledge, we can place an order like this:
Give me one spicy chicken, extra spicy. And one boiled fish, mildly spicy. As well as five lamb skewers, not spicy.
By the way, just like “hot” in English, “辣” can also mean “sexy”. So you can use it like this:
She is very hot.
Ok, let's return to ordering food. Now you lots of food, but how can we not have beer? Let’s see how we can order it.
In China, beer is either served cold or in room temperature. If you don’t specify which one you want, chances are you will get a room-temperatured one. So if you like your beer cold, it is best to say so when you order.
Give me a bottle of Yanjing beer, cold. I want 6 bottles of Budweiser, room temperatured.
Food? Done! Beer? Done! Now we just have to wait for the food to arrive.
But what is taking so long? We want food! If your food isn't coming, you can tell the waiter in the following way:
Could you hurry up with the food we ordered before? It's too slow. Thank you!
Well done! Now you can enjoy your food and beer!