One of my favorite foods in China is 煎饼果子 (jiānbǐng guǒzi), which doesn't really translate well to English. See Baidu 图片 for images.

One thing that seems strange to me is the use of 果子 (guǒzi) meaning fruit, when there is no fruit in 煎饼果子.

Question: Why is 果子 in 煎饼果子 (jiānbǐng guǒzi)?

  • 夹心的煎饼啊 ^_^, 果子 means it has a nucleus, just like a fruit. Aug 30, 2017 at 1:03
  • It is from Manchu. Before Qing, 果 always means the thing from plants.
    – sfy
    Aug 30, 2017 at 5:11

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"果子" is a regional name for "糖果糕點" - any sugar, rice or wheat flour-based food that is not a staple food. This broad category includes sweet and savoury items, cakes and candy.

The 果子 in 煎饼果子 refers to the 油条 wrapped inside. Of course, regional varieties of the food can have different fillings.


I love 煎饼果子 too!

You know what 油条 is. One of my American friends interpreted it as "straight salty donut".

煎饼果子, in fact, is 煎饼 + 油条.

In northern areas, we call 油条 大果子. I don't know why.

Then we got 煎饼果子.

  • Hmm... they don't put 油条 in 煎饼果子 here (Tianjin). I've seen it done occasionally.
    – Becky 李蓓
    Aug 29, 2017 at 23:47
  • yeah, I know nowadays most of time they put 脆皮(脆饼) in it. But as the time it was invented, it was 煎饼+油条. Now, you could have 煎饼+脆皮(脆饼).
    – dan
    Aug 30, 2017 at 0:48

Just want to add some supplementary info as a Chinese who lived in Tianjin for a few years. You usually got two options for 煎饼 in Tianjin:

  • 果子, which means 油条;
  • 果皮, which means 脆饼, also called 脆皮 or 薄脆.

I believe the word 果子 is actually originated from 馃子. However, it seems to be used only with 煎饼 in Tianjin, and I've never seen such usage in any other region.

  • "It seems to be used only with 煎饼 in Tianjin": Do you mean the word "果子" used in the word "煎饼果子" or the actual food "果子" (which is also called 油条) used in the food "煎饼果子"? or both?
    – fefe
    Aug 30, 2017 at 5:38
  • Both. 油条 is simply called 油条 if sold separately.
    – 00007chl
    Aug 30, 2017 at 5:55
  • (大)果子 is commonly said in northeast China. If you Baidu 大果子, you will get it. Let's say, 给我来两根(儿)果子 is very common. The further south you go, the less you would hear people say 果子. When entering into Nanjing and Shanghai in the map, you can not hear it any more.
    – dan
    Aug 30, 2017 at 6:07
  • One note is that you are still able to hear 果子 in southern areas: Nanjing, Shanghai, etc., but means differently.
    – dan
    Aug 30, 2017 at 6:15

The correct writing is 煎饼馃子. 果 is not correct but usual simplified writing among the people. 馃 means fried.

  • In 《现代汉语词典》: 果子: (1) ... (2) 同“馃子” ;馃子: ...... 也作“果子”
    – fefe
    Aug 31, 2017 at 1:53

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