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    Noun for those Asian food

    In Asia, people‘s meal besides rice and soup also includes fish, chicken, vegetable etc. which are seasoned, cooked and put in different plates.

    Is there a special noun for the fish, chicken, vegetable etc.? , not for individual food but for the group of food.

    eg. fruit for orange, apple, etc.
    bird for eagle, sparrow etc.
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    Re: Noun for those Asian food

    Not really- they're fish/chicken, etc, dishes to me.

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    Re: Noun for those Asian food

    You could say they're the protein content of the meal.

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    Re: Noun for those Asian food

    Not so much for a vegetable dish.

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    Re: Noun for those Asian food

    If I said 'non-rice dishes', what would you think?
    The OP is thinking about in his/her native language, but there is no English word for it to my knowledge.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Noun for those Asian food

    If I said 'non-rice dishes', what would you think?
    It wouldn't convey the idea to me. The problem is that we're dealing with different cuisines and different terms.

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    Re: Noun for those Asian food

    You could use proteins for fish, chicken, and meat and vegetables for vegetables.

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    Re: Noun for those Asian food

    Part of the problem is a cultural difference, I think.

    Rice isn't such a staple in most native English speakers' diets. While it's of course commonly eaten, it doesn't typically constitute an entire meal, as frequently does in many Asian cultures. Westerners typically view rice more as just a side dish, rather than an entire meal. There really isn't anything I can think of that corresponds to rice in terms of importance on how we view meals - something that is viewed as the staple of life, around which most meals are built.

    Since we don't have any one such major type of food comprising the bulk of any one meal, we therefore don't have a counter-term.

    The closest corresponding idea I can think of in English is the concept of a vegetarian meal. Since meat is typically the focal point of Western meals, we do have a special term for meals that don't contain any meat at all.
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    Re: Noun for those Asian food

    Just for clarification, for a meal to be vegetarian, it must contain no meat (red or poultry), fish, seafood, gelatine, cochineal/carmine or animal-based rennet.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Noun for those Asian food

    Quote Originally Posted by bigC View Post
    In Asia, people‘s meal besides rice and soup also includes fish, chicken, vegetable etc. which are seasoned, cooked and put in different plates.

    Is there a special noun for the fish, chicken, vegetable etc.? , not for individual food but for the group of food.

    eg. fruit for orange, apple, etc.
    bird for eagle, sparrow etc.
    I think the closest translation would be "meat entree" or "fish entree" or "vegetable entree".

    They are also called "side dishes", even though they are the main part of the meal.

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