Vegetables in Chinese 🥦 A Practical & Complete Guide To All Your Veggies

Learn All The Vegetables in Chinese

Do you know all the vegetables in Chinese? It’s time to teach you some useful Chinese vocabulary within a matter of minutes…

Ready, steady…

We all know to eat our vegetables but how can you do that in China if you don’t know how to say all your vegetables in Chinese?

We’ve got you covered with this comprehensive list of all the vegetables you need to know to get by in China.

We’ve got bonus QUIZ at the bottom of the page to test you knowledge!

First, check out this video to hear how to pronounce vegetables in Chinese above.

Below we have the story of two LTL students, sisters Hannah and Evelyn, who tell us what it’s really like to live in China as a vegetarian.

Here are all the vegetables you’ll need to know for the markets:

alfalfa sprouts 豆苗 dòu miáo
anise 八角 bā jiǎo
asparagus 芦笋 lú sǔn

black beans 黑豆 hēi dòu
bok choy 油菜 yóucài
broccoli 西兰花 xī lán hu

bean sprouts 豆芽 dòu yá
bell pepper 甜椒 tián jiāo
bitter melon 苦瓜 kǔ guā

cabbage 卷心菜 juǎnxīncài
carrot 胡萝卜 hú luó bo
cauliflower 菜花 cài huā

celery 芹菜 qín cài
chamomile 菊花 jú huā
chili pepper 辣椒 là jiāo

chives 韭菜 jiǔ cài
coriander 香菜 xiāng cài
cucumber 黄瓜 huáng guā

daikon 白萝卜 bái luóbo
eggplant 茄子 qié zi
garlic 大蒜 dà suàn

ginger 姜 jiāng
green beans 豆角 dòujiǎo
kidney beans 芸豆 yún dòu

lavender 薰衣草 xūnyīcǎo
leek 葱 cōng
legumes 豆类 dòu lèi

lettuce 生菜 shēng cà
mung beans 绿豆 lǜ dòu
mushrooms 蘑菇 mó gu

Are you Vegan or Vegetarian?

A lot of people are concerned about their diet when coming to China.

Firstly if they’ll be able to communicate their vegan/vegetarian requirements.

And secondly, if Chinese restaurants are able to accommodate.

Rest assured. There are plenty of vegans and vegetarians getting by just fine in China!

Actually there is a large buddist population living in China so all Chinese people have a good understanding of the buddist vegetarian diet.

Tell your waiter you’re buddist and they’ll understand your dietary requirements!

okra 秋葵 qiū kuí
onion 洋葱 yáng cōng
paprika 辣椒 là jiāo

peas 豌豆 wān dòu
peppers 辣椒 là jiāo
potato 土豆 tǔdòu

pumpkin 南瓜 nánguā
radish 萝卜 luó bo
scallion 葱 cōng

shallot 洋葱 yáng cōng
soybeans 大豆 dà dòu
spinach 菠菜 bō cài

squash 南瓜 nán guā
sweet potato 甘薯 gān shǔ
corn 玉米 yù mǐ
taro 芋头 yù tou
tomato 西红柿 xīhóngshì
wasabi 芥末 jiè mo
water chestnut 荸荠 bí qí
yam 山药 shān yào
zucchini 西葫芦 xīhúlu
vegetables 蔬菜 shū cài

Vegetables in Chinese
Vegetables in Chinese

How’s your learning of vegetables in Chinese going now? We hope we’ve managed to help you learn some Chinese!

When you’re done check out directions in Chinese or basic mandarin phases for more helpful stuff to help you get around China!

Vegetables in Chinese – QUIZ

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Vegetables in Chinese – FAQ’s

How to say Vegetables in Chinese?

Vegetables in Chinese is pronounced “shū cài” and is written in Chinese as 蔬菜.

What are some popular Vegetarian Street Foods in China?

Vegetarian Street Food in China is great, here are some top choices:

Pancakes 饼

Tea Eggs 茶叶蛋

Baozi 包子

Youtiao 油条

Tofu 豆腐

Zongzi 粽子

What are Chinese vegetables?

Chinese vegetables that are native and iconic to China are bamboo shoots, bok choy, Chinese broccoli, Chinese celery, Chinese eggplant, silk squash, lotus root, Chinese white radish, Chinese persimmon, winter radish, taro, Chinese yam, water chestnut and bitter melon.

Are Chinese vegetables healthy?

All vegetables are are a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Chinese vegetables are very similar to their western counterparts

What vegetables are in Chinese stir fry?

The most common vegetables you’ll find in a Chinese stir fry are Chinese cabbage 大白菜 dàbáicài, bok choy 小白菜 xiǎobáicài, potatoes 土豆 tǔdòu, cucumbers 黄瓜 huángguā, white radish 白萝卜 báiluóbo, Chinese eggplant 茄子 qiézi, soybean sprouts 黄豆芽 huángdòuyá, tomatoes 西红柿 xīhóngshì, bitter melon 苦瓜 kǔguā

How to make Chinese preserved vegetables?

Chinese preserved vegetables consist of various vegetables that have been fermented by pickling with salt and brine. Typically this is done in jars and stored in dark places to help the fermentation process

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