How to say delicious in Cantonese?
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How to say delicious in Cantonese?

Introduction

Being called as “the paradise of cuisine” 美食天堂[mei5 sik6 tin1 tong4], there are so many delicious food of different culture available in Hong Kong.  Do you know how to say delicious in Cantonese to describe those food?  In this lesson, serval basic adjectives(形容詞)for describe foods and drinks you like will be introduced.

Delicious in Cantonese for food: 好食[hou2 sik6]/ 好味[hou2 mei6]

There are several words for expressing delicious in Cantonese.  If you want to appreciate the taste of food, you can use adjective 好食[hou2 sik6] or 好味[hou2 mei6].  The meaning of 好食 and 好味 is identical.

sai1 gwaa1 hou2 hou2 sik6

西瓜好好食。

Watermelon is delicious.

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicate
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjective
Words in sentence西瓜好食

 

daan6 taat1 hou2 hou2 mei6

蛋撻好好味。

Egg tart is tasty.

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicate
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjective
Words in sentence蛋撻好味

 

hon3 bou2 baau1 hou2 sik6 gwo3 dim2 sam1

漢堡包好食過點心。

Hamburger is more delicious than Dim Sum.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speechNounClauseNoun
Words in sentence漢堡包好食過點心

 

Predicate of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateComplement
Part of speechNounAdjective/
Words in sentence好食

 

zyu1 gu1 lik1 gai1 daan6 zai2 hou2 mei6 dou3 baau3

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朱古力雞蛋仔好味到爆。

Chocolate egg waffle is very delicious.  (Literal meaning: Chocolate egg waffle is delicious to the extent that it will explode)

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateComplement
Part of speechNounAdjective; /Adjective
Words in sentence朱古力雞蛋仔好味; 到

 

到[dou3] is used here to form a complement of extent(程度補語).  To learn more about complement of extent, you may refer to Unit 10 Lesson 5.

ngo5 aa3 maa1 zyu2 faan6 zyu2 dak1 hou2 hou2 mei6

我阿媽煮飯煮得好好味。

My mum cooks deliciously.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateComplement
Part of speechNounClauseClause
Words in sentence我阿媽煮飯煮得好好味

 

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head阿媽

 

煮得好好味 is a descriptive complement(描寫補語).  To learn more about using 得[dak1] to form descriptive complement, you may refer to Unit 10 Lesson 4.

Predicate of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/

 

Complement of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateComplement
Part of speech/Verb; /Adjective
Words in sentence/煮; 得好好味

 

Complement of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicate
Part of speech/AdverbAdjective
Words in sentence/好味

 

Delicious in Cantonese for drinks: 好飲[hou2 jam2]/ 好味[hou2 mei6]

If you want to appreciate the taste of a drink, you can use adjective 好飲[hou2 jam2] or 好味[hou2 mei6].  The meaning of 好飲 and 好味 is identical.

hoeng1 gong2 ge3 naai5 caa4 hou2 hou2 jam2

香港嘅奶茶好好飲。

The milk tea of Hong Kong is tasty.

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicate
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjective
Words in sentence香港嘅奶茶好飲

 

The subject(主語)香港嘅奶茶 is created according to the structure of subordination(偏正式).

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier香港
Head奶茶

 

ngo5 zung1 ji3 jam2 hou2 mei6 ge3 gaa3 fe1

我中意飲好味嘅咖啡。

I like to drink coffee that is tasty.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClause
Words in sentence中意飲好味嘅咖啡

 

中意[zung1 ji3] is used as an auxiliary verb(助動詞)here.  To learn more about auxiliary verb, you may refer to Unit 1 Lesson 6.

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/好味嘅咖啡

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier好味
Head咖啡

 

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