Thanks to one of my well-traveled friends, I am able to arm you with a few necessary phrases for finding and ordering vegetarian fare.
我吃素食 － Wo chi (pronounced kind of like chir) su shi (pronounced kind of like sue shir). This literally means, “I eat vegetarian food,” but it’s equivalent to saying, “I’m a vegetarian.”
素餐 – Sucan (sue tsan – kind of roll the t and s together) – vegetarian meal
素食餐館 － sushi canguan – vegetarian restaurant.
If you can learn to identify the characters for 素食 sushi (pronounced sort of like sue shir), you may be able to find vegetarian restaurants.
“Vegetarian food” is pronounced the same way as “fast food.” But people don’t appear to be confused by this, so you should be fine.
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