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Measure Words: Food

Please Note:  The measure words listed below may have other uses in Mandarin, but this list specifically addresses use with respect to Food.


bēi

Cup (such as a cup of coffee, a cup of tea, etc.)


dào

A dish (such as a famous dish, etc.)


Drop (such as of water, of food coloring, etc.)


dùn

Meal (such as a breakfast, a lunch, etc.)


fèn

Portion (such as a hamburger, order of fries, etc.)


Smell or whiff (such as the pleasant smell of spices, aroma, etc.)


guàn

Can or jar (such as can of soup, jar of honey, etc.)

壶 / 壺

Teapot.


kǒu

Mouthful or sip (such as a sip of water, bite of cake, etc.)

块 / 塊
kuài

Piece or slice (such as piece of pie, slice of cake, etc.)

笼 / 籠
lóng

Bamboo drum (such as an order of bao zi, an order of pot stickers, etc.)

盘 / 盤
pán

A plate (such as a plate of fruit, a plate of vegetables, etc.)


piàn

Piece (such as a piece of gum, a piece of cookie, etc.)


píng

Bottle (such as a bottle of water, a bottle of beer, a bottle of wine, etc.)


wǎn

Bowl (such as a bowl of rice, a bowl of soup, a bowl of congee, etc.)

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