Lesson 3 – Meat and Skewers
The Chinese character for ‘meat’ looks like a two pieces of meat dangling down from a skewer supported on each side. All that is missing in this picture is the fire on which the meat should be cooking. Note that in the character we have not one but two pieces of meat and they are on top of one another.
The absence of this character from a dish’s name is under no way an indication the dish doesn’t contain meat. On the contrary, many of the dishes that do contain meat will not have this character as part of their name.
The Chinese character for skewer is pretty straight forward and you don’t need much imagination to remember it. It’s basically a skewer with two big juicy pieces of meat on it.
This character is particularly useful for those of you who like lamb skewer. You will find this character mostly used while traveling in the west of China where most of the Muslim minorities live, or in Chinese-Muslim restaurants all over China. This character is not only written in the menu, it usually also hangs over the grill where they make the skewers.