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    with the milk still undissolved

    "My pregnant wife has some weird cravings. She'd put powdered milk on her congee, but she won't mix them up. She'd scoop the congee with the milk still undissolved."

    Is it okay to refer to powdered milk as milk, when it is clear in the conversation that we are talking about powdered milk?

    Does the phrase with the milk still undissolved sound natural?
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    Re: with the milk still undissolved

    Milk really means liquid milk. The association is very strong. I'd write She'd scoop up the congee with the milk powder still undissolved.

    "Powdered milk" is the usual term, but when you're talking about a small quantity and the context is already established, milk powder is more natural.
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    Re: with the milk still undissolved

    Please check usage:

    1. I'm going out to the grocery. We're out of powdered milk.

    2. Would you like some powdered milk in your coffee?

    3. Why are there so many ants on the table? Oh, I spilled some milk powder as I was getting some for my coffee.

    4. I see your hands are full. Let me help you make some milk for baby. How much formula for 7 ounces of water?

    5. Do you have a scoop for scooping up the milk powder, or do you just use a spoon?

    6. Pregnant wife: I'd like to have some more milk powder for my congee, please.
    Last edited by curiousmarcus; 12-May-2016 at 02:48.
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    Re: with the milk still undissolved

    Those al look good to me. (You can use "powdered milk" for "milk powder" in 5 and 6.)

    What is congee?

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    Re: with the milk still undissolved

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    Re: with the milk still undissolved

    OK, now we know what it looks like but what is it? To me, that looks like a bowl of tinned rice pudding, topped with jellied beetroot, spring onions and a tiny amount of tinned tuna. I'm pretty certain that's not what it is.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: with the milk still undissolved

    That is Chinese rice porridge with a slice of century egg and a bit of shredded meat.
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    Re: with the milk still undissolved

    Thank you, Ted.

    Now what's 'century egg'? A hundred years old?

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    Re: with the milk still undissolved

    You perhaps know it as 'horse urine egg'.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_egg

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