On a sign outside a breakfast eatery in Taoyuan, Taiwan I saw a character I didn't know, that Google Translate with the phone camera didn't translate, and that I couldn't find in Pleco.

mystery character

It looks like 溏 but without the "mouth" component in the lower right. It looks like it has a "person" component there instead, but maybe that is part of the strokes above it, I'm pretty rusty.

Is this a common variant of 溏? Semantically I thought it more likely to be a variant of "sugar" 糖, but that has more differences.


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焿 is a character on its own.


gēng 〔~子寮湾〕地名。在中国台湾省东北海岸。

Wiktionary: https://zh.wiktionary.org/zh-hans/%E7%84%BF


羹 means '(thick) soup, broth'.


A few notes:

  • The left hand side of that character is「火」, not「氵」(unlike in「溏」)
  • 「庚」is not a variant component of「唐」.「唐」(boastful, exaggerative; Baxter-Sagart OC: /*[N-]rˁaŋ/) is constructed from semantic「口」(mouth) and phonetic「庚」(/*kˤraŋ/).

「焿」(thick broth, soup; Pinyin: gēng) is constructed from semantic「火」(fire) and phonetic「庚」(gēng), and as mentioned elsewhere, is a variant of「羹」. The whole sign says:


  • 飯 (Rice dishes)
  • 麵 (Noodle dishes)
  • 焿 (Soup dishes)

I couldn't find [it] in Pleco.

Here's a simple way to find it in Pleco. You need to have the:

Fullscreen Handwriting Recognizer ($9.99)

add-on activated in Pleco.

Then all you have to do is write the character out to the best of your ability:


and Bob's your uncle.

  • 1
    Wow, that handwriting recognition is a paid feature? I thought I got it for free.
    – dROOOze
    Jan 20, 2019 at 7:32
  • @droooze It's included in a lot of bundles & maybe it's free on Andorid, if I remember correctly(?).
    – Mou某
    Jan 20, 2019 at 7:36
  • I was trying to use the handwriting recognizer that comes with Android Pleco. I usually find it's pretty good at foreigners silly attempts with wrong number and order of strokes, but I can see now that I was drawing an extra stroke and maybe didn't interpret which strokes join up. In this case I couldn't get it to recognize my attempts. I'll try now that I know how it should be handwritten... No I still can't get it. Maybe this one is less forgiving about wrong stroke orders? No, even mimicking an animated stroker order site I can't get it. Jan 22, 2019 at 4:13
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    @hippietrail if you're curious as to why the recognition doesn't show up, maybe you can post one of your attempts at handwriting it?
    – dROOOze
    Jan 22, 2019 at 4:27
  • @hippietrail emulating the stroke order should definitely bring it up, 焿 is not even a "rare" character, so to speak. Maybe you can try what droooze said and show us how you're doing it then we can see what's going on.
    – Mou某
    Jan 22, 2019 at 4:36

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