Chinese name: 饣

Pinyin: shí

English name: food

Imagery: holding food with chopsticks

History of radical: This radical is called food and it’s always placed to the left of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of an open mouth above a bowl of food. Characters with this radical relate to food or eating. The Chinese are crazy about food! The 8 great regional cuisines of China are Cantonese, Sichuan, Shandong, Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Hunan.

For example: 

  • 饭(fàn): cooked rice, meal
  • 饱(bǎo): full, stuffed
  • 饿(è): hungry