2016-06-19newbie

Ordering a hamburger in Chinese

Chinese food is great, but sometimes you just want a juicy hamburger. Has this ever happened to you living in China? There is only problem though: how do you order a hamburger in Chinese?

In this post, we give you the complete guide on how to order a hamburger in China. Hamburger in Chinese is called hànbǎobāo, or just hànbǎo for short. Talking about hamburgers, McDonald's might come to mind, right? In China there are many McDonald's, and they are especially popular among children and young people. McDonald's is called màidāngláo in China. If you enter màidāngláo and want to order something, perhaps the easiest way is to order a tàocān (combo meal), because that way you don’t need to talk so much. :)

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nǐ hǎo
你好
你好
Hello!
 
I, me
yào
to want, to ask for
one
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
jù wú bà
巨无霸
巨無霸
Big Mac (McDonald's hamburger)
tào cān
套餐
套餐
set meal
 

Hi, I would like a Big Mac meal.

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And now you can order! Easy, right? If you don’t want a combo, but want to dāndiǎn (order single items), what should you do? The simplest way is just to point at the menu and say “ yàozhège (I want this)”.

Of course, if you know the names of things you can say them as well. Let’s have a look at McDonald's menu in Chinese.

Hamburger
Cheeseburger
jí shì hàn bǎo 吉士汉堡
Double Burger
shuāng céng hàn bǎo 双层汉堡
Big Mac
jù wú bà 巨无霸
Spicy Chicken Leg Burger
mài là jī tuǐ hàn bǎo 麦辣鸡腿汉堡
Filet-o-Fish
mài xiāng yú 麦香鱼
McChicken
mài xiāng jī 麦香鸡
Sausage & Egg McMuffin
mài xiāng zhū liǔ dàn hàn bǎo 麦香猪柳蛋汉堡
Beverages
Orange Juice
chéng zhī 橙汁
Hot/Ice Tea
rè / bīng hóng chá 热/冰 红茶
Hot/Ice Coffee
rè / bīng kā fēi 热/冰 咖啡
Milk
xiān nǎi 鲜奶
Coca-Cola
kě lè 可乐
Fanta
fēn dá 芬达
Sprite
xuě bì 雪碧
Desserts
Milk Shake (Chocolate / Vanilla / Strawberry)
(qiǎo kè lì/xiāng cǎo/cǎo méi) nǎi xī (巧克力/香草/草莓) 奶昔
Sundae (Chocolate / Strawberry / Pineapple)
(qiǎo kè lì/cǎo méi/bō luó) shèng dài (巧克力/草莓/菠萝) 圣代
McFlurry (Cappuccino / Mini M&M’s Milk Chocolate / Oreo Cookie Crunch)
(kā fēi/zhū gǔ lì/qǔ qí) mài xuàn fēng (咖啡/朱古力/曲奇) 麦旋风
Ice Cream Cone
yuán tǒng bīng qí lín 圆筒冰淇淋
Apple Pie / Pineapple Pie / Orange Pie
píng guǒ pài/bō luó pài/jú zi pài 苹果派/菠萝派/橘子派
Others
Fries (Large / Medium / Small)
(dà/zhōng/xiǎo) shǔ tiáo (大/中/小) 薯条
Chicken McNuggets
mài lè jī 麦乐鸡

Using the above list, you can order like this:

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I, me
yào
to want, to ask for
one
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
jí shì hàn bǎo
吉士汉堡
吉士漢堡
cheeseburger
 
one
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
big, large
shǔ tiáo
薯条
薯條
french fries, french fried potatoes, chips
 
one
bēi
classifier for certain containers of liquids: glass, cup
big, large
bēi
cup, trophy cup
kě lè
可乐
可樂
(loanword) cola, coca-cola
and
one
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
qiǎo kè lì
巧克力
巧克力
chocolate (loanword)
shèng dài
圣代
聖代
sundae (ice cream dessert with toppings) (loanword)
 

I want one cheeseburger, one large fries, one large coke and one chocolate sundae.

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Then you can say jiùzhèxiēle (that’s all) to finish your order. And you may also let the cashier know if you want to dàizǒu (take out) or zàizhè’rchī (eat here):

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jiù
just (emphasis)
zhè xiē
这些
這些
these
le
(completed action marker)
 
zài
(located) at, (to be) in
zhè‘r
这儿
這兒
here
chī
to eat
 
xiè xie
谢谢
謝謝
to thank, thank you
 

That's all. I'll eat here, thanks.

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Tips

In China, if you want some ketchup you have to ask for it. You can ask like this:

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néng
to be able to, to be capable of
gěi
to give
I, me
liǎng
two
bāo
bundle, packet
fān qié jiàng
番茄酱
番茄醬
ketchup, tomato sauce
ma
(question particle for "yes-no" questions)
 

Can you give me two packets of ketchup?

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Pinyin
Related words
Ketchup
fān qíe jiàng 番茄酱
Straw
xī guǎn 吸管
Napkin
cān jīn zhǐ 餐巾纸

If you order coffee, the cashier might ask if you want milk and sugar. Have a look at our previous post to learn more about ordering coffee.

That’s it! Now go get your food and enjoy!