New Word for the Day: Biang!

Funny enough, Biáng is actually a word and yes, it’s written like below. You can check out the stroke order here.

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Biáng biáng noodles are a type of noodle popular in China’s Shaanxi province. The noodles, touted as one of the “ten strange wonders of Shaanxi” (陝西十大怪), are described as being like a belt, due to their thickness and length. The “Noodle King” chain in Beijing (梆梆麵北京連鎖店) serves biáng biáng noodles.

Made up of 57 strokes, the Chinese character “biáng” is one of the most complex Chinese characters in contemporary usage, although the character is not found in modern dictionaries or even in the Kangxi dictionary.

Pinyin doesn’t actually include the sound “biáng”, so people often use substitutes like 棒棒麵 (bàng bàng miàn) or 梆梆麵 (bāng bāng miàn).

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