This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. These terms may be used by Singaporeans in the past or at present. Some of the terms are read in print while others are used in our everyday conversations.
Food / Plants
A pickled appetiser commonly found in Nyonya, Malay, and Indian cuisine. Also known in Mandarin as “阿渣”.
The 95-year-old great-grandmother and first-time entrepreneur will be setting up a stall with her 71-year-old daughter-in-law this weekend to sell achar, in the hopes of keeping the family recipe alive and developing it into a business. (Lianhe Zaobao, 17/11/2017)
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zhuó jǐn wàn dài lán
pú táo sāng
hóng máo dān