This sign is on our campus's halal cafeteria:

马大碗拉面 各种面食

It says:

马大碗拉面 各种面食

mǎdàwǎn lāmiàn gèzhǒng miànshí

  • 拉面 = "pulled noodles", famous noodles in China, often from Lanzhou (兰州)
  • 各种 = every kind of
  • 面食 = flour-based foodstuffs (noodles, in this case)

I'm not sure what 马大碗 means here. It's possibly a name; I'm not sure because the given name (名字) would be "big bowl".

Question: What does 马大碗 (mǎdàwǎn) = "horse big bowl" mean?

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    马 may mean 马氏, the family name. 大碗 - big bowl; large quantity. (马氏)(大碗拉面) Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 2:06
  • Another point is that 兰州 is the capital city of 甘肃 province, where many Chinese Hui people are living. 马 is a very common family name for Hui people.
    – Huang
    Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 23:17

2 Answers 2


马 means 马氏, the family name.

大碗 - big bowl; large quantity.


The company was established in 1993. It registered the name 马师傅马大碗.


马大碗拉面 (Mr.Ma's Big Bowl Pulled Noodles) is the name of the restaurant.

马 is a common family name. Either the restaurant owner's last name is 'Ma' or the recipe of this noodle dish was created by someone named 'Ma'-- Most likely the owner came up with the recipe

马大碗 is either the owner's nickname-- because he serves pulled noodle in huge bowls(大碗) or 马大碗拉面 is a description of the restaurant's famous noodle - 'Big Bowl of noodle created by Mr.Ma'

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