Chinese Tuesdays: 起身饺子, 下车面


Leaving Beijing after a short visit, my Chinese Auntie said she would cook me dumplings, and asked me if I knew why. I guessed it was because she knows I like them, but that was wrong.

She said there is a saying, “起身饺子, 下车面” (qǐshēn jiǎozi, xiàchē miàn), which means when a guest arrives you should give them noodles, and when they leave you should cook them dumplings. Then I realised that every visit over the years she has always cooked me noodles when I arrive, and dumplings for my last meal.

Every Tuesday on the Anthill, Sam Duncan posts a langauge titbit from his blog. Read them all here