Catch Phrase | 小馄饨皮 ( xiǎo húntun pí)

Writer: Li Dan  |  Editor: Zhang Chanwen  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2022-12-08


Literally meaning “wonton wrapper,” this term has been used by Chinese netizens as the nickname for La’eeb, the mascot of FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, because they find a resemblance in appearance between these two totally unrelated things. Introduced as a fun and mischievous character from the virtual space of the mascot, La’eeb’s design is inspired by Arabic headdresses for men and its name is an Arabic word meaning “super-skilled player.” The organizers of the World Cup obviously encouraged everyone to “imagine what it looks like,” per an official who spoke at the ceremony to unveil La’eeb, and Chinese netizens have come up with something in association with a popular Chinese snack.


A: 你觉得中国社交网络上火起来的卡塔尔小王子像“小馄饨皮”吗?

Nǐ juéde zhōngguó shèjiāo wǎngluò shàng huǒqǐlái de kǎtǎěr xiǎowángzǐ xiàng “ xiǎo húntun pí ” ma?

Do you think the young Qatar prince who went viral on Chinese social media actually resembles La’eeb?

B: 戴着同款头饰自然有点儿像吧。

Dài zhe tóngkuǎn tóushì zìrán yǒudiǎnr xiàng ba。

There’s a certain degree of resemblance, because they are wearing the same headdress.