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Food in Chinese / Japanese...

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shí wù
shoku motsu
Food Vertical Wall Scroll

食物 means food in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be translated as edibles, foodstuffs, nourishment, or sustenance.

Always Be Prepared

bǎo dài gān liáng nuǎn dài yī
Always Be Prepared Vertical Wall Scroll

This proverb literally translates as:
Carry [extra] food when [you are] full and [extra] clothes when [you are] warm.

Figuratively, this means:
Always be prepared for a rainy day.

Sumptuous Debauchery

jiǔ chí ròu lín
shu chi niku rin
Sumptuous Debauchery Vertical Wall Scroll

酒池肉林 is a Chinese idiom that is also somewhat known in Japanese and Korean.

酒池肉林 literally means, "lakes of wine and forests of meat."

Figuratively, it refers to debauchery, sumptuous entertainment, a sumptuous feast, or any kind of ridiculously-lavish spread of food and wine.

Do not take action until the time is right

bù dào huǒ hou bù jiē guō
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: Don't take the lid off the pot until the food is done.

Figuratively, this means: Don't take action until the time is right.

You can take this as a call to be patient, or picking just the right time to do something (not too early, not too late).




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Food食物shoku motsu
shokumotsu
shí wù / shi2 wu4 / shi wu / shiwushih wu / shihwu
Always Be Prepared飽帶干糧暖帶衣
饱带干粮暖带衣
bǎo dài gān liáng nuǎn dài yī
bao3 dai4 gan1 liang2 nuan3 dai4 yi1
bao dai gan liang nuan dai yi
baodaiganliangnuandaiyi
pao tai kan liang nuan tai i
paotaikanliangnuantaii
Sumptuous Debauchery酒池肉林shu chi niku rin
shuchinikurin
jiǔ chí ròu lín
jiu3 chi2 rou4 lin2
jiu chi rou lin
jiuchiroulin
chiu ch`ih jou lin
chiuchihjoulin
chiu chih jou lin
Do not take action until the time is right不到火候不揭鍋
不到火候不揭锅
bù dào huǒ hou bù jiē guō
bu4 dao4 huo3 hou bu4 jie1 guo1
bu dao huo hou bu jie guo
budaohuohoubujieguo
pu tao huo hou pu chieh kuo
putaohuohoupuchiehkuo
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your food search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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dīng / ding1
ting
 tei;hinoto / te;hinoto / てい;ひのと
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll
fourth of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1]; fourth in order; letter "D" or Roman "IV" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc; ancient Chinese compass point: 195°; butyl; cubes (of food)
(1) 4th in rank; fourth sign of the Chinese calendar; (n,n-pref,n-suf) (2) (てい only) (abbreviation) (obscure) Denmark; (surname) Rei


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gān / gan1
kan
 ken / けん
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll
dry; clean; in vain; dried food; foster; adoptive; to ignore
qian (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: heaven, northwest); (surname) Nukui
Dry, dried up, clean; heaven, male, masculine, enduring, continual. Translit. gan and h; dry

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/ yu4

 gyoku / ぎょく
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll
jade
(1) (also formerly read as ごく) precious stone (esp. jade); (2) {food} egg (sometimes esp. as a sushi topping); (3) stock or security being traded; product being bought or sold; (4) (See 建玉) position (in finance, the amount of a security either owned or owed by an investor or dealer); (5) geisha; (6) (abbreviation) (See 玉代) time charge for a geisha; (7) (abbreviation) {shogi} (See 玉将) king (of the junior player); (female given name) Hikaru
Jade, a gem; jade-like, precious; you, your.


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qióng / qiong2
ch`iung / chiung
 kei / ke / けい
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll
jasper; fine jade; beautiful; exquisite (e.g. wine, food); abbr. for Hainan province
(personal name) Kei

亨氏

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hēng shì / heng1 shi4
heng shih
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll
Heinz (name); Heinz, US food processing company

供養


供养

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gòng yǎng / gong4 yang3
kung yang
 kuyou / kuyo / くよう
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll
to make offerings (to the Gods)
(noun/participle) memorial service for the dead; holding a service
To make offerings of whatever nourishes, e. g. food, goods, incense, lamps, scriptures, the doctrine, etc., any offering for body or mind; to make offerings

寿司

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 hisashi / ひさし
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll
(ateji / phonetic) (food term) sushi; anything made with vinegared rice (may also contain vegetables, spices, fish, or other delicacies); (given name) Hisashi

接待

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jiē dài / jie1 dai4
chieh tai
 settai / せつたい
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll
to receive (a visitor); to admit (allow sb to enter)
(noun/participle) (1) reception; welcome; serving (food term); (2) wining and dining; business entertainment; corporate entertainment; entertaining politicians; (surname) Setsutai
To receive and treat, or wait upon.

食物

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shí wù / shi2 wu4
shih wu
 shokumotsu / しょくもつ
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll
food; CL:種|种[zhong3]
(noun - becomes adjective with の) food; foodstuff
to eat things

シャリ

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 shari / シャリ
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll
(food term) sushi rice; rice seasoned with vinegar, sugar and salt

フラン

see styles
 furan / フラン
Do not take action until the time is right Vertical Wall Scroll
(1) franc (currency) (fre:); (2) {food} flan; open pastry containing custard (or fruit, cheese, etc.); (3) {food} flan; crème caramel; caramel custard; (4) {chem} furan; (personal name) Fran; Hulan

Q

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q / q
q
cute (loanword); (of food) having a pleasant chewiness (like mochi, tapioca pearls, taro balls etc – foods with a springy or gel-like mouthfeel)

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 shime / しめ (1) tie up; bind; fastening; tightening; (2) sum; total amount; total; (3) (martial arts term) judo choking (strangling) techniques; (4) (food term) last meal eaten when going restaurant hopping; (5) completion; conclusion; rounding off; (counter) (6) counter for bundles; counter for faggots; counter for bundles of 2000 sheets of paper; (7) end mark; closure mark; (female given name) Shime

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jǐng / jing3
ching
 takai / たかい
old variant of 井[jing3]
(1) porcelain bowl; (2) (abbreviation) bowl of rice with food on top; (abbreviation) bowl of rice with food on top; (surname) Takai

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/ zu3
tsu
 so / そ
a stand for food at sacrifice
altar of sacrifice

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qiào / qiao4
ch`iao / chiao
good-looking; charming; (of goods) in great demand; (coll.) to season (food)

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wèi / wei4
wei
 mi / み
taste; smell; classifier for drugs (in TCM)
(1) (sense of) taste; (suf,ctr) (2) counter for food, drink, medicine, etc.
rasa. Taste, flavour; the sense of taste. One of the six sensations; flavor

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yán / yan2
yen
 shio(p);en / しお(P);えん
Japanese variant of 鹽|盐
(1) (esp. しお) salt (i.e. sodium chloride); common salt; table salt; (2) {chem} (esp. えん) salt (e.g. sodium chloride, calcium sulfate, etc.); (3) (しお only) hardship; toil; trouble; (4) (しお only) {food} saltiness; (surname, female given name) Shio

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/ si4
ssu
 tera / てら
Buddhist temple; mosque; government office (old)
temple (Buddhist); (personal name) Teraji
vihāra, 毘訶羅 or 鼻訶羅; saṅghārāma 僧伽藍; an official hall, a temple, adopted by Buddhists for a monastery, many other names are given to it, e. g. 淨住; 法同舍; 出世舍; 精舍; 淸淨園; 金剛刹; 寂滅道場; 遠離處; 親近處 'A model vihāra ought to be built of red sandalwood, with 32 chambers, 8 tāla trees in height, with a garden, park and bathing tank attached; it ought to have promenades for peripatetic meditation and to be richly furnished with stores of clothes, food, bedsteads, mattresses, medicines and all creature comforts.' Eitel; Buddhist temple

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/ tu2
t`u / tu
 to / とま
to slaughter (animals for food); to massacre
(personal name) Toma
to butcher

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zhé / zhe2
che
 setsu / さがり
to break; to fracture; to snap; to suffer loss; to bend; to twist; to turn; to change direction; convinced; to convert into (currency); discount; rebate; tenth (in price); classifier for theatrical scenes; to fold; accounts book
(1) opportunity; chance; occasion; time; (n,ctr) (2) fold; pleat; crease; (3) small food box (wooden or cardboard); (personal name) Sagari
Tear open, break down.; To snap, break; decide; compound; fold; to fold

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méi / mei2
mei
 mai / まい
classifier for coins, rings, badges, pearls, sporting medals, rockets, satellites etc; tree trunk; whip; wooden peg, used as a gag for marching soldiers (old)
(counter) (1) counter for flat objects (e.g. sheets of paper); (2) (archaism) (See 役・やく・1) counter for positions or roles; (3) (archaism) counter for food portions (now only gyōza and soba); (4) {sumo} counter for ranking level; (surname, female given name) Mai

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duàn / duan4
tuan
 dan / だん
paragraph; section; segment; stage (of a process); classifier for stories, periods of time, lengths of thread etc
(1) step; stair; (flight of) steps; (row of) stitches; columns (of print); (n,ctr) (2) grade; rank; level; (counter) (3) counter for breaks in written language (or speech, etc.); (4) (See 級・きゅう・2) dan; senior rank in martial arts, go, shogi, etc.; (place-name, surname) Dan
A piece; a section, paragraph. piṇda, a ball, lump, especially of palatable food, sustenance.

see styles
chuī / chui1
ch`ui / chui
 kashigi / かしぎ
to cook food
(surname) Kashigi

see styles
zhà / zha4
cha
 zaa / za / ザー
to explode
(prefix) {food} (in names of Chinese dishes) deep-fried (chi: zhà)

see styles
/ qu1
ch`ü / chü
to extinguish a burning object; to singe something with a smoldering object (e.g. burn a hole in one's trousers with a cigarette); to stir-fry; to pour a mixture of hot oil and flavorings over food


see styles
qiàng / qiang4
ch`iang / chiang
to stir-fry then cook with sauce and water; to boil food briefly then dress with soy etc; to choke; to irritate (throat etc)

see styles
shú / shu2
shu
 juku / むねかず
cooked (of food); ripe (of fruit); mature (of seeds); familiar; skilled; done; also pr. [shou2]
(adj-na,adv) (kana only) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) completely; really; thoroughly; deeply; severely; intently; (personal name) Munekazu
Ripe; to ripen


𬊈

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xún / xun2
hsün
warm up (food)

see styles
kào / kao4
k`ao / kao
to reward or comfort with presents of food, drink etc

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