Catch Phrase | 下饭剧(xiàfànjù)

Writer: Debra Li  |  Editor: Stephanie Yang  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2022-05-24


“下饭” is literally used to refer to a delicious dish that entices people to eat a lot of rice along with it, and “剧” means “TV show.” This term, coined by Chinese netizens, refers to funny or exciting TV shows that people like to watch as they eat meals alone, or whenever they feel like taking a short break. Not limited to shows about food or cooking, falling into this category are often hilarious sitcoms such as “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family.”


A: 你最近在追什么剧吗?

Nǐ zuìjìn zài zhuī shénme jù ma?

Are there any TV shows you are watching now?

B: 最近我的下饭剧是经典喜剧《宋飞正传》。

Zuìjìn wǒ de xiàfànjù shì jīngdiǎn xǐjù 《sòngfēi zhèngzhuàn 》。 

My recent go-to entertainment is the classical sitcom “Seinfeld.”