The following are four important points to remember when working with Chinese menus. First, when seating the guest, offer to get the guest something to drink while he or she looks at the menu.
It is also a good idea to have a few Chinese desserts listed at the end of the menu because many Westerners have a sweet tooth and like to finish their lunch or dinner with something sweet.
Keep in mind that many foreigners know little about Chinese cuisine; however, the manner in which Chinese menus are written makes a waiter’s job much easier. For one thing, a Chinese menu is usually numbered. If you do not understand what the guest’s order is, you can always ask, “Which number, sir/ma’am?”
What is also good is that Chinese menus are very explicit as to the type of dish and the ingredients. If the dish is braised duck with sea cucumber, for example, no explanation will be needed, unless the guest does not know what a sea cucumber is. In other words, most Chinese dishes need little or no explanation; however, a few do have fanciful names.