Origin: Hokkien/Teochew – literal translation “to eat”
Jiak is a commonly used word to ask people if they have already eaten or to invite them to eat. It can be used to greet one another at the dinner table urging them to start eating. Younger family members will also greet their seniors at the dining table.
This is similar to the malay word “makan“
Pamela the youngest at the family dining table.: “Ah Ma, jiak! Ah Kong, jiak! Mummy-Daddy, jiak! Everybody jiak!!”
Everyone at the table: “Jiak Jiak Jiak!”