Global View - Thai Food (C0321)

A:  What did you cook?
B:  Well, as you know I was in Thailand last month, and I took a cooking class! So I prepared some of my favorite dishes.
A:  Great idea! As long as I don’t get food poisoning! So what is onthe menu tonight?
B:  Ok, for starters we have Tom Yam soup. It’s a bit spicy, but really good!
A:  This is delicious! The ginger and lemongrass really gives it a nice taste!
B:  Now this next dish is one of the most famous. Foreigners call it papaya salad butthe proper name is Tom Sam. It is a spicy salad made from a mix of fresh vegetables including shredded unripened papaya and tomato.
A:  This is delicious! The combination of sour and spicy is really interesting! I could have this everyday!
B:  Ok, now forthe last and best dish in my opinion. This is called Pad Thai. It’s stir-fried noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chili pepper plus bean sprouts, shrimp and tofu and garnished with crushed peanuts and coriander. It’s practically Thailand’s national dish!
A:  Wow, this is great! I never knew Thai food was so creative and delicious!
B:  Wantsome more?
A:  I’m stuffed!

Key Vocabulary

combinationthe result of mixing two or more things together
stufffilled with food; no longer hungry
creativehaving the ability to think of new ideas
foreignera person not native to or naturalized in the country or jurisdiction under consideration

Supplementary Vocabulary

Stir Frytechnique for cooking food in a wok while stirring it
BitterHaving or being a taste that is sharp, acrid, and unpleasan
SourHaving a taste characteristic of that produced by acids; sharp, tart, or tangy
FishcakeA food consisting of a filleted fish and potato patty sometimes coated in breadcrumbs or batter
TangyA distinctively sharp taste, flavor, or odor, as that of orange juice.

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