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More Chinese Kitchen Vocabulary Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

The last post covered some basics about Chinese kitchens, including how tiny they are and vocabulary for your various appliances. Well, there’s still a lot more to talk about in the kitchen. Shopping for your kitchen can be a royal pain if you don’t know the Chinese words, so here’s some more useful kitchen vocab for you to study:


Get ready to cook!

Get ready to cook!

  • cutting board (菜板 – cài bǎn)

  • cleaver (切肉刀 – qiē ròu dāo)

  • rolling pin (擀面杖 – gǎn miàn zhàng)

  • peeler (削皮器 – xiāo pí qì)

  • masher (捣泥器 – dǎo ní qì)

  • grater (擦菜板 – cā cài bǎn)

  • mixing bowl (搅拌碗 – jiǎo bàn wǎn)

  • whisk (打蛋器 – dǎ dàn qì)


A simple Chinese kitchen setup.

A simple Chinese kitchen setup.

  • pot (锅 – guō)

  • frying pan (煎锅 – jiān guō)

  • saucepan (平底锅 – píng dǐ guō)

  • wok (炒锅 – chǎo guō)

  • baking tray (烤盘 – kǎo pán)

  • steamer (蒸屉 – zhēng tì)

  • spatula (炒菜铲 – chǎo cài chǎn)

  • wooden spoon (木勺 – mù sháo)

  • ladle (杓子 – biāo zi)


Chopsticks or silverware?

Chopsticks or silverware?

  • bowl (碗 – wǎn)

  • plate (盘子 – pán zi)

  • tableware (餐具 – cān jù)

  • silverware (银器 – yín qì)

  • spoon (勺子 – sháo zi)

  • fork (叉子 – chā zi)

  • knife (刀子 – dāo zi)

  • chopsticks (筷子 – kuài zi)

  • cup/glass (杯子 – bēi zi)

  • wine glass (酒杯 – jiǔ bēi)

Here are a few easy YouTube videos that will help you with your pronunciation for a lot of the words above:

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


  1. Irmgard Wade:

    Hello Sasha,

    thank you so much for the wonderful videos. They are a big help. I am 74 years and am trying to learn chinese.

    THANKS again and the very best for you,

    Irmgard Wade

    • sasha:

      @Irmgard Wade Thanks! I’m really glad you enjoy them. Chinese is not easy to learn, but it’s very rewarding!

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