Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Learn Restaurant Cantonese

Let's learn a couple of Cantonese phrases to speak in any Hong Kong restaurant. See if you can shock the waiters.

Mai Dan 埋單 - please give me the bill
mmm goi 吾該 - thank you / please

Now click on the video, and listen to how I say it. The card I am holding is a dim sum record card.

video

Chinese New Year is approaching. This year it falls on the Valentine's Day. When you are at a restaurant, waiters will say this to you:

Kung Hei Fat Choi 恭喜發財

You can also say this to anybody during CNY period in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Food Blog - Learn Restaurant Cantonese

9 comments:

S Lloyd said...

I would like to one day build a documentary of world's best food cities top ranked restaurants (I have just done this for Montreal). What would you consider as the top 10 of all Hongkong restaurants.

Anna said...

A personal top 10 list is easy, but a top 10 list for the general public is difficult as people have different expectations and measures. The Michelin assessors came to HK and said that the Chinese restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel is graded 3-star. While that could be true but how many people can afford to go there. I might be able to produce a list if you could narrow down the selection criteria.

Term Papers said...

Cool idea S Lloyd.

Menus NY said...

Thank for information........

uncovery said...

I think Cantonese is quite hard for foreigners... I am still struggling to remember how to order fresh cut chili in soy sauce :-)

Anna said...

You are right, that could be a little difficult. When I have a chance, I'll upload the pronounciation for fellow chilli lovers.

Hamza said...

The cuisine of Hong Kong can best be described as a type of eclectic cuisine with extensive influences from Cantonese cuisine and parts of non-Cantonese-speaking China (especially Chaozhou, Dongjiang, Fujian and the Yangtze River Delta), Western world, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Due to Hong Kong's past as a British colony and long history of being an international city of commerce. From the roadside stalls to the most upscale restaurants, Hong Kong provides an unlimited variety of food in every class. Complex combinations and international gourmet expertise have given Hong Kong the reputable labels of "Gourmet Paradise" and "World's Fair of Food

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This is very informational. Very good now I know what to say when I am eating. Good job.