Buy vegetables and fruits at wet markets in Beijing

960x540You can find many wet markets in Beijing where you will have a large choice of Chinese and Western fruits and vegetables. Sanyuanli Market (朝阳区东三环顺源街1号) is the most famous market amongst expat people because we can find anything there – most foreign restaurants also buy their food from there.

If you go shopping there, you don’t need to speak a lot of Chinese, only the basic sentences and words will be enough for you to purchase what you need to eat healthy in Beijing. You should know how to ask for the price (这是多少钱? Zhè shì duōshǎo qián? or how much does it cost?), eventually name the vegetables you need to prepare your dish, and that’s it!

Don’t forget that you can also order organic fruits and vegetables to be delivered to your home

In China, the jin is the unit of measurement for weight. One jin (市斤; jīn) is about 500 grams. 

 

Vegetables in Chinese marketVegetables names in Chinese and their English translation

In Beijing, you can both find Chinese vegetables and Western vegetables. We recommend you trying to add Chinese vegetables to the recipes you learned from your mother and / or grand-mother, as it can really be a good addition to your porfolio.

Some vegetables you may not like in Chinese restaurants because of the sauce they are served with, or the way they are cooked can really do well in Western recipes! 

Don’t be scared a explore new ways of cooking in Beijing!

 

蔬菜ShūcàiVegetable
芝麻菜Zhīma càiAragula
菊苣JújùEndive
生菜ShēngcàiRomaine lettuce
卷毛菊苣沙拉Juǎn máo jújù shālāCurly endive salad
韭葱Jiǔ cōngLeek
胡萝卜HúluóboCarrot
番茄FānqiéTomato
土豆TǔdòuPotato
红薯HóngshǔSweet potato
大蒜DàsuànGarlic
白洋葱Bái yángcōngWhite onion
红葱头Hóng cōngtóuShallot
紫洋葱Zǐ yángcōngPurple onion
夏南瓜Xià nánguāZucchini
南瓜NánguāPumpkin
茄子QiéziEggplant
蘑菇MógūMushroom
胡椒HújiāoPepper
西兰花Xī lánhuāBroccoli
菜花CàihuāCauliflower
小青菜Xiǎo qīngcàiGreen cabbage
芹菜QíncàiCeleri
香菜 xiāng càiParsley
罗勒LuólèBasil
薄荷BòhéMint
龙蒿Lóng hāoTarragon
麝香草Shèxiāng cǎoThyme
迷迭香Mí dié xiāngRosemary
豌豆WāndòuPea
鹰嘴豆Yīng zuǐ dòuChickpea
绿豆LǜdòuGreen bean
玉米YùmǐCorn
朝鲜蓟Cháoxiǎn jìArtichoke
菠菜BōcàiSpinach
红菜头Hóng cài tóuBeetroot
水萝卜Shuǐ luóboRadishes
黄瓜HuángguāCuncumber
樱桃番茄Yīngtáo fānqiéCherry tomato
芦笋LúsǔnAsparagus
茴香HuíxiāngFennel
cōng scallion / green onion

001ec94e68d114027d0c03Fruits names in Chinese and their English translation

Eating fruits in Beijing is a culture. You can find a lot of fruit shops (only selling fruits) in Beijing, as well as street sellers offering fruits and preparing them for you to eat like a snack on-the-go.

Fruits are very important in Chinese diet and you will have the chance to eat many new types of fruits during your stay in Beijng: don’t be shy and try!

However, you should be careful with some species, in particular, melon and watermelon can be treated to grow faster and bigger, but can be real poison for those eating them.

水果ShuǐguǒFruit
苹果píngguǒApple
橘子júziOrange
香蕉xiāngjiāoBanana
Pear
哈密瓜hāmìguāHami melon
西瓜xīguāWatermelon
木瓜mùguāPapaya
荔枝lìzhīLychee
猕猴桃míhóutáoKiwi fruit
樱桃yīngtáocherry
桃子táoziPeach
葡萄pútáoGrape
百香果Bǎixiāng guǒPassion fruit
柠檬níngméngLemon
榴莲liúliánDurian
火龙果huǒlóngguǒDragon fruit
芒果mángguǒMango
草莓cǎoméiStrawberry
蔓越莓Màn yuè méiCranberry
蓝莓lánméiBlueberry
菠萝bōluóPineapple
覆盆子Fù pénziRaspberry
石榴ShíliúPomegranate
杏色Xìng sèApricot
李子LǐzǐPlum
酸橙Suān chéngLime

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I am living in China since 2009 and in Beijing since 2011. I am sharing my experiences for other expatriates to make their stay in Beijing more enjoyable. As I am writing this blog for SCOUT Real Estate agency, I am also computing updates about the Real Estate market in Beijing, not only on residential properties, but as well on commercial locals and offices. Hope you enjoy your reading!