Jul 16, 2018

Funny Chinese Food Translations

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The English translations of these Chinese vegetable words range from absurd to adorable. I’ve listed the Chinese character, the pronunciation, the English word, and the literal translation.

卷心菜 [JUǍN XĪN CÀI] – CABBAGE (LITERALLY, “SWIRLING HEART VEGETABLE”)

 

 

 

 

 

菠萝 [BŌ LUÓ] – PINEAPPLE (“SPINACH RADISH”)

Huh? Maybe pineapple and spinach plants appear similar in the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

灯笼椒 [DĒNG LÓNG JIĀO]- BELL PEPPER (“LANTERN PEPPER”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

芦笋 [LÚ SǓN] – ASPARAGUS (“BAMBOO REEDS”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

羽衣甘蓝 [YǓ YĪ GĀN LÁN]-KALE (“FEATHER DRESS CABBAGE”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

西兰花 [XĪ LÁN HUĀ] – BROCCOLI (“WESTERN ORCHID”)

Ever seen the yellow flowers on a broccoli plant? They don’t look like “orchids”, but they are pretty nonetheless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

黄瓜 [HUÁNG GUĀ]- CUCUMBER (“YELLOW MELON”)

Native Chinese cucumbers are yellow! The word “yellow melon” describes all types of cucumber, including the traditional green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

西红柿 [XĪ HÓNG SHÌ] – TOMATO (“WESTERN RED PERSIMMON”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

土豆 [TǓ DÒU] – POTATO (“EARTH BEAN”)

I, too, am an earth bean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

鳄梨 [È LÍ] – AVOCADO (“ALLIGATOR PEAR”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

朝鲜蓟 [CHÁO XIǍN JÌ] – ARTICHOKE (“ROYAL FRESH THISTLE”)

玉米 [YÙ MǏ] – CORN (“JADE RICE”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

豆腐 [DÒU FU]- TOFU (“BEAN DECAY”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any interesting translations you can come up with? Share with us!

By Charlie Hoffs | A Super Chineasian

This article was written by Charlie Hoffs, a sixteen year old American student who loves Chinese culture. After studying Mandarin for six years and spending a summer in Tianjin, she is fluent. Charlie has been interviewed on CCTV, and participated on Chinese game show “Happy Gas Station” and Chinese-American talk show “Hollywood Says.” Most of all, she loves to write for Chineasy!
blog: https://charliegrows.com/
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