How to call our western foods in Chinese

Dear students!

Since you cannot travel to China to prove your language skills so soon, we prepared a bit of vocabulary, you can use while strolling around in your own urban neighborhood. Just try to name everything in Chinese from now on!


Western food is called 西餐 – xīcān) and here is a list with some common dishes and drinks for you!




breakfast foods

  • cereal = 谷类 – gǔlèi

  • bacon = 培根 – péigēn (sounds like bacon, right?)

  • pancakes = 薄煎饼 – báojiānbing

  • omelette = 煎蛋卷 – jiāndànjuǎn

lunch & dinner foods

  • hamburger = 汉堡包 – hànbǎobāo

  • hot dog = 热狗 – règǒu (lit. a hot dog)

  • sandwich = 三明治 – sānmíngzhì

  • french fries = 薯条 – shǔtiáo

  • pasta = 意大利面 – Yìdàlìmiàn = Italian noodles

  • salad = 沙拉 – shālā (it sounds almost like salad)

  • pizza = 比萨 – bǐsà


common drinks

  • coffee = 咖啡 – kāfēi

  • Coca-Cola = 可口可乐 – kěkǒu kělè

  • Sprite = 雪碧 – xuěbì

  • beer = 啤酒 – píjiǔ

  • wine = 葡萄酒 – pútáojiǔ


Fast Food & Fast drink places :)

  • McDonald’s = 麦当劳 – Màidāngláo

  • KFC = 肯德基 – Kěndéjī

  • Pizza Hut = 必胜客 – Bìshèngkè

  • Burger King = 汉堡王 – hànbǎowáng (lit. the king of hamburgers)

  • Subway = 赛百味 – Sàibǎiwèi

  • Starbucks = 星巴克 – Xīngbākè

You see! It often resembles the original sounds and sometimes it is a literal translation instead.

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