November 6, 2013 admin No Comments on Say What Now? –How to Properly Pronounce Food Names from Different Cultures
Say What Now? –How to Properly Pronounce Food Names from Different Cultures
Picture this – you’re sitting at a fancy restaurant, the girl (or guy) of your dreams right across the table and your goal is to really impress her (or him) tonight.
Flowers – check.
Violin/piano player – check.
Bottle of wine – check
You brushed your teeth, combed your hair and you smell good.
Everything is posed to go well this evening. The waiter hands you the menu. You smile and tell the waiter, “We’ll have some horse-doovers (hors d’oeuvers), please.” Du-oh!
To avoid such an embarrassing (and potentially life-scarring) scenario, here’s a list on how to pronounce the different types of food from various cultures. Written by Rachel Sanders, with cute illustrations from Chris Ritter of Buzzfeed, the list includes common mispronounced terms such as “espresso” and “foie gras” to the tongue rolling “vichyssoise”.
Though Sanders has not intended the list to be a definitive pronunciation guide as people from different regions may pronounce the names of these foods differently, the list is still quite helpful as you won’t end up looking like a fool in a fancy restaurant (we wouldn’t want THAT scenario again now, would we?)
A piquant sauce of soy, vinegar, and spices
A pseudo cereal but good for you
A traditional cold, thick soup made of pureed leaks, onions, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock
Really strong coffee…mmmm
Fried fritter, sometimes filled with fruit. Think Tiana.
Traditional Italian appetizer
A flowering plant with aromatic leaves and stems, seed are traditionally used as a spice
A classic French shellfish and fish stew
The art of salting, smoking, and curing meats
Pommes Frites pronounciation
A really classy way to call fries
Another tasty variety of grain
A leafy vegetable that can be cooked or used raw in salads
A variety of brandy, named after the town of Cognac in France
Small Italian dumplings
Must thank the Greeks for this
A large, root vegetable
Salad made with tomatoes, green herbs, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, olive, anchovies and dressed with a vinaigrette
A hearty, Valencian rice dish. Viva España!
Vietnamese noodle soup – heaven!
From Quebec, Canada – made with french fries, topped with brown gravy and cheese curds
Dry-cured ham, usually thinly sliced and served uncooked
Oh and hors d’oevoures?
Just say “or derves.”