This post is to save you from the shame of awkwardly ordering foreign delicacies of which you haven’t heard of and getting a sarcastic smirk from the waiter who just realized you had no idea about what you just ordered.
Written by Rachel Sanders and illustrated by Chris Ritter, these quirky educational pieces about proper food pronunciations will save us from utter embarrassment the next time we order something from a foreign restaurant. Being a foodie does take a little research in order to become credible heralds of awesome gourmet.
Your average French fries, in French.
Prosciutto is a dry-cured Italian ham served in very thin slices, raw.
A Spanish hodgepodge of saffron-flavored rice, vegetables, shellfish and chicken.
Also called as the Mexican Turnip, sweet and crispy Jicama can either be eaten raw or mixed in stews and salads.
A Belgian vegetable with crispy edged leaves used in salads.
Charcuterie is not a delicacy but a French inspired process of cooking different meats collectively or a delicatessen selling such products.
Vichyssoise, a French soup thick and served cold is made with pureed leeks or onions, potatoes, cream and chicken stock.
A goosefoot plant from Andes. Its starchy edible seeds are served like rice and are sometimes used as an alcoholic beverage.
Another French tongue twister, Bouillabaisse is a stew of different kinds of fish and shellfish.
Translated in English as “fried dough”, Beignets are French unholed square donuts showered with confectioner’s sugar.
A Vietnamese noodle soup made of rice noodles in beef broth, scallions, cilantro, onions and beef. It is served together with raw bean sprouts, mint leaves and a slice of lime. Overwhelming flavor.
A strong, black and rich Italian coffee.
Another Italian delicacy, Bruschetta is made of an olive oil drenched toasted bread topped with garlic and tomato slices.
A top notch quality brandy named after a place in France.
An expensive gourmet made of fatted liver of either a goose or a duck served in pâtés.
A horrible fermented condiment created by mixing vinegar, soy sauce and spices.
A Greek burrito style sandwich made of slices of roasted lamb cooked on a spit, salad and tomato on pita bread.
Translated in English as “fat person”, Poutine is a Canadian dish consisting of fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy.
An Italian snack made of boiled or baked flour dumplings, semolina or potatoes and is served with grated cheese and sauce.
Anise is pleasant-smelling plant cultivated for its seeds, which are used as spices or potent ingredients in alcoholic beverages.
A famous salad made of anchovies, black olives, green beans, tuna and hard-boiled egg.
If you happen to know a totally different pronunciation from the ones I just mentioned, please don’t sue me or the people who created these. There’s a possibility that there can be more than one pronunciation of these foods depending on the location. There still are tons of delicacies that are hard to pronounce and it helps to CLICK HERE to check the proper pronunciations of words before shaming yourself with the wrong ones.