SPOKEN ENGLISH: How to talk about food?

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Today’s topic is food. People like to talk about food and to find tasty, healthy food and the best places to eat. Especially we like to eat and try new meals while traveling. People often come back to a certain place just because of the food.

Food is, of course, a great way to meet people and make friends. When people share a meal, you can be sure the discussions about food, restaurants, and recipes are going to be endless. It’s an amazing way to discover a different culture through meals.
Take your cup of coffee and let’s start!

Learn some questions you can ask about food:

  1. What kind of food do you like?
  2. What would you recommend me to try in your country?
  3. What ingredients do you use often in cooking?
  4. What do you usually eat for breakfast/lunch/dinner?
  5. What do you usually eat at a restaurant?

-If you like the taste of the food you will say:

Wow! Did you make that cake? It looks delicious!

  1. Tastes great!
    The meatball soup smells good and the beef noodles taste great.
    We had a really good meal last night.
    Italian food is amazing!
    It was so yummy and I lost the recipe.

Tons of flavorful ingredients make this pizza unique and delicious.
Look at those mouth-watering desserts!

-If you don’t like the taste of the food you will say:

Oh yuck! I hate ketchup.

  1. This food is too….(spicy) for my taste!
  2. It could use a little less….salt!
  3. I prefer…fruit instead of the chocolate.

Vocabulary to describe the taste of the food:
The ginger gives the dish a wonderful spicy flavor.
This apple is sour!
Sugar has a sweet taste.
Enjoy the beer’s bitter taste as you slowly drink it.
The coffee has a rich hazelnut flavor.
To make the bland taste more interesting, the locals began perking it up with local produce.

Cooking and cuisine:
Do you like to cook?
I cook every day.
I’m not a big fan of cooking.

-I take a packed lunch to work.
-I generally get something from the supermarket or get a takeaway.
-I prepare meals at home three times a day.

-I usually eat fast food.
I eat only home-cooked meals.
I am eating healthy.
I eat desserts on the weekend.

What is your favorite food?
I like deep-fried chicken and scrambled eggs.

Types of food:
red meat- lamb, pork or beef
white meat- chicken, turkey, goose, duck
fish- Salmon, Tuna, Sea Bream, Sushi
seafood- prawns, shrimps, lobster, scallops, crab
vegetables- broccoli, spinach, carrots, peppers, onions
fruit- strawberries, raspberries, apples, bananas

How food is cooked:

boiled – cooked in boiling water

steamed – cooked over a saucepan of boiling water

fried/sauteed – cooked in oil in a frying pan

stir-fried – fried fast in hot oil

pan-fried – fried in a frying pan

roasted – cooked in oil in the oven

grilled – cooked under a grill or on a ridged pan

baked – cooked in the oven

stewed – cooked for a long time on a low heat

casseroled – cooked slowly in juices


Sweets and desserts:
-ice cream
-cotton candy

Homework: Write about your favorite meal and how you prepare it!

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6 thoughts on “SPOKEN ENGLISH: How to talk about food?”

  1. Fazla says:

    My favourite food is fish soup in my country we call it “garudiya” it has a bland flavour we mostly eat it with rice and chili powder. I make fish soup like this. first boil water about the middle of the pot and put 1 teaspoon of salt add 3 chunks of fish,cut up onions 3 pieces of lemon grass, two chilis and cook well when it is cooked well it will start to foam take the foam out cook well for 1 minute and your fish soup is done!

  2. admin says:

    I would like to try that fish soup. Keep going, you are amazing!

  3. Mustapha says:

    Kitchen is the best room in the entire house for me,where I spend my free time to prepare delicious meals,Moroccans or international.moroccan gastronomy is one of the best in the world,national meals are Couscous ,Tajines ,Michwui und Pastilla.
    In my kitchen I like to cook many dishes with meat,fish und vegetables und always use the Moroccan spices like safran,ginger,curcuma,cumin und the tepic one rasalhanout,it’s a mixt of 35 different spices.
    In Morocco ,breakfast,lunch und dinner are all important for us,so i have each day very rich breakfast with Moroccan minttee,pancakes,bread with olivesoil,hony,butter,eggs und dates ,for my lunch I cook tajine,it’s a ceramic dish in which we cook meat with vegetables und olivesoil und spices und sometimes i prepare fish, salad und for dinner i like soups und riz…..
    Und wenn i have good mood I cook Austria food like wiener schitzel und caiserschmarren: it’s a cut up pancake with risains und wenn i go out I taste everything what I don’t get home like grilled chicken or fish.
    Wenn you come to Morocco or you have the opportunity to visit a Moroccan restaurant I recommend you to taste Tajine,couscous with 7 vegetables or pastilla:meat or seafood pie made with warqa dough, which is similar to filo. It is a specialty of Morocco.

    1. admin says:

      You have great dishes there. Interesting recepies too!

  4. Yahaya HABIBU says:

    My name is YAHAYA HABIBU and my favorite food is mix rice ” wake da shinkafa ‘ it’s an African food.

    wake da shinkafa ‘ it made for rice and beans that mix together, after cooked it then you add oil or pepe soup to eat.
    Sorry for delay, due to my phone had been out of charge some days ago, indeed sorry for delay.

    1. admin says:

      Hi, I correct your homework in the facebook group.Keep practicing!

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