"Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince and dinner like a pauper."It's a healthy eating tip that I try to live by and it's a well known fact that breakfast is the MOST important meal of the day.
I was having a traditional Chinese porridge breakfast i.e. plain white porridge with sweet potato, stir-fried French beans (okay, not so Chinese then), stir-fried tofu and half a salted egg but I didn't finish my breakfast.
An elderly Chinese man who was seated nearby happened to glance at my unfinished breakfast and rattled off this proverb in Mandarin:
"zǎo chī hǎo (早 吃 好),
wǔ chī bǎo (午 吃 饱),
wǎn chī shāo (晩 吃 稍)"
Since he'd said that so quickly, I asked him to repeat it slowly. In a rough translation, here's the Chinese proverb in English:
"Eat your best in the morning, eat well in the afternoon and eat less in the evening."I love finding equivalents in different languages but never thought I'd find this in such different cultures.
Interestingly, the English proverb has 14 words while the Chinese proverb has only 9 words and is so rhythmic. How cool is that?