One of the most complex Chinese characters refers to a food…

…noodles to be exact.

Biang Biang noodles are a type of noodles popular in province Shaanxi of China. I don’t know how they taste, but the character representing them is more interesting for me (rare thing for something edible!). The character Biang that’s representing them consists of 57 (yes, that’s fifty-seven!) strokes in total! Have a look:


I feel sorry for the waiter who has to write down such an order! (You actually have to write this little beast twice!). This particular character cannot be found in any Chinese dictionary. The most complex character that does exist in dictionaries consists of 36 strokes only and it means “poor enunciation due to snuffle“. And now, I give you the character Nang:

You can find more information in wikipedia’s article on rare and complex Chinese characters and of course in the article about Biang Biang Noodles!

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