About Vegetarianism in Taiwan
Since Buddhism is deeply rooted in Taiwanese culture, therefore vegetarianism isn't a new concept in Taiwan.
Today we're going to touch on some useful vocabulary about vegetarianism in Chinese.
1. Saying "I'm a vegetarian."
我吃素。 wǒ chīsù
This meaning " I eat vegetarian food"
The word "素 sù “ is a short form for "素食 sùshí”.
2. Saying " vegetarian restaurant"
素食餐廳 sùshí cāntīng
3. Saying "I'm a vegan"
我吃全素。 wǒ chī quán sù
The word 全quán meaning "whole; entire"
4. Some Buddhism vegetarian are not eating garlic, onion, or green onion. So if you happen to be one of them, you might need to say
wǒ de sùshí qǐng bùyào jiā cōng suàn, xièxiè
This means " My vegetarian food please don't add garlic and onions, thank you." literally.
5. If you are the kind of vegetarian do eat eggs and drink milk. Then you are eating
蛋奶素 dàn nǎi sù （literary meaning egg, milk vegetarian food）
You can tell people
我吃蛋奶素 wǒ chī dàn nǎi sù
which means I'm a vegetarian that could have eggs and milk.
6. 鍋邊素 guō biān sù
It means " pot side vegetarian" literally.
It's a kind of vegetarian that are more casual, who can share a pot of meat broth with people but he/she only picks the vegetable out of a meat broth.
So what type of vegetarian are you? ;)
We hope you find this interesting and helpful!
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