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fansy
 
Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2007 07:01 pm
CHAO MIAN (Chinese sounds)

I'd like you to find me an equivalent for chao mian, which is not Chow Mien you guys eat in many Chinese restaurants, a simple fare for low-wage earners.

It is usually wheat in powder form, which is heated over a small fire in a wok, frequently turned over and over until it becomes brown. This wheat is eatable. You just add some boiling water into a bowl containing several spponfuls of it, add sugar or salt to taste, stir it well. It smells good, it tastes good and it is good.

So what is that word? Would baked flour mean anything to you? Or you have another word in your dialect. I don't think it's just us Chinese who eat this (a kind of fast food for probably thousands of years).
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fishin
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2007 07:14 pm
Depending on excatly where the person is from it could be called "fried dough", "flat bread", "unleavened bread", or "tortilla" .

If you added yeast and baked it instead of frying it would just be plain old bread.
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fansy
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2007 07:24 pm
No, that's not what I want
Probably I didn't make it clear. Basically, it is like milk powder you use for breakfast. You use several spoonfuls of it, pour boiling water into a bowl to make a sort of very thick stew, not like milk.
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Mame
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2007 07:26 pm
google it.
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fishin
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2007 09:43 pm
Re: No, that's not what I want
fansy wrote:
Probably I didn't make it clear. Basically, it is like milk powder you use for breakfast. You use several spoonfuls of it, pour boiling water into a bowl to make a sort of very thick stew, not like milk.


Ah! I see. The generic name for that would be "farina" but most people would probably refer to it by the most common brand name product - "Cream of Wheat".
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McTag
 
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2007 10:59 pm
Re: No, that's not what I want
fansy wrote:
Probably I didn't make it clear. Basically, it is like milk powder you use for breakfast. You use several spoonfuls of it, pour boiling water into a bowl to make a sort of very thick stew, not like milk.


That's a staple food in many cultures.
We would call it porridge. Although our porridge contains oatmeal, which is more coarsely milled (ground) and not like a powder.
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