A restaurant just up the road from my hostel here in Taichung, Taiwan has some dishes including the characters 臉盆. When I looked them up I could only find the meaning "washbasin". Even hunting the internet afterwards I couldn't find any other meaning or useful reference to food.

臉盆 section of the menu

What could 臉盆 mean in this context?

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    This is an example of where plugging Chinese words into Google Image Search works really well. Feb 24, 2019 at 19:31
  • @BenJackson: I did try that and I got pictures of actual washbasins. I also tried to combine this word with various food words and the word Taiwan. Some looked like food but I wouldn't have guessed conclusively that it came down to type or size of bowl. Moreover none of the hits seemed to be articles about the concept. Feb 25, 2019 at 2:26
  • Wow there are some great image results for 脸盆泡菜你哦肉面 with people in front of giant basins of food. Feb 25, 2019 at 4:51
  • @BenJackson: Ah well that's one string I didn't try. My Chinese is not that good so I have to enter most characters by drawing on my phone screen, which I can't do on the laptop. And anyhow not enough for me personally to put together that "wash basin" = "large soup bowl" on my own. Feb 25, 2019 at 10:00
  • mdbg.net can look up characters by drawing when you don't have your phone handy. Feb 25, 2019 at 17:17

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臉盆 still means washbasin here, it's just that this washbasin is a very large bowl used for food.

A tonne more noodles and a lot more soup.

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    You can say wash basin size is another words for super jumbo size
    – Tang Ho
    Feb 24, 2019 at 14:43
  • Like a "Bucket" of KFC? Jul 22, 2020 at 5:15

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