Describe a foreign food. You should say:
What it is
How popular it is in your country
and explain the reason why you like it or not.
Spaghetti and Sushi are two kinds of foreign food I like best. But I prefer Sushi more because making Sushi is easier than Spaghetti. Sushi comes from Japan. They could be made as snacks as well as formal dishes. It tastes fresh and delicious. The fragrance of the rice could arouse the unique taste of the fish along with it. Sushi enjoys great popularity in my country. Well, as you know, China is not very far from Japan. You could see a diversity of Sushi restaurants in many shopping malls. And Chinese even developed many ways to process Sushi in order to localize their tastes to Chinese people. And more and more other Japanese foods are introduced along with Sushi.
I like Sushi because it was a kind of approachable cuisine. Many top-notch delicious foods are also on the pyramid’s top and ordinary people could not have accesses to them either they need valuable food ingredients or they are too difficult to make. Besides that, Sushi could make you taste several food ingredients at the same time. For a foodie like me, it was so amazing.
①Do you like to try new food?
Well, I like to try new food—new fruits, new vegetables and new cuisines. It is fun and sometimes it is like a special adventure. Every time I’m going out to try a new kind of food, I’m thrilled and full of expectation. I would keep thinking what it would taste like and get pretty excited. Though sometimes the taste may not agree with me, I think the special experience is what counts most. Sometimes I would make something special by myself at home. I have already learned how to bake cakes and cookies, and I’m willing to try more things.
②What kinds of foreign food are popular in your country?
There is so much foreign food popular in China that I can hardly name them all, for example, hamburgers, pizzas, beefs, sushi, to name but a few. In Beijing when you walk on the street, you would encounter all kinds of restaurants selling different exotic food, Italian food, French food, Korean food and Japanese food. When I get tired after shopping, I would like to go to McDonald or KFC to have a drink. When I am in a hurry, I would like to grab a hamburger. When I am on a diet, I would like to order a piece of salad. These food have become quite common in China.
③Do you like to cook at home?
I like to cook at home. One of the reasons is that it is much cheaper to have meal at home. Besides, I can cook dishes that adapt to my flavor. I don’t like the taste of ginger and onion and I like spicy food. So when I’m cooking, I would avoid putting ginger and onion but add more peppers. Whenever I’m free, I would like to watch videos and learn how to cook. Some cuisines are so complicated that I have to prepare the ingredient in advance. But I would feel extremely fulfilled when I manage to cook some new cuisines and gain praise from my family.
④Is it expensive to eat out in your country?
Well, it depends. We have expensive food as well as cheap food. You can spend less than 10 yuan on some street sold snacks, or you can spend hundreds or even thousands per person for a meal. Some special ingredients, like beef exported from Australia, or goose liver transported from France, can be very expensive. But normal food like noodles, fried rice, or dumplings can be very cheap. Apart from the ingredients, the better the dining environment is, the more expensive the price gets. If you go to a French restaurant for a meal, it can be very expensive and you have to pay for service and tips.
⑤ What’s the difference between Chinese food and western food?
Well, there are many differences between Chinese food and western food. I think there is no other nation that cares about food more than we Chinese does. We have food species that are beyond count and we have many different ways to deal with a certain ingredient. Take chicken for example, we have fried chicken, steamed chicken, braised chicken… And take the soybean for example, it can be used to make tofu, soybean milk, fried tofu skin… to name but a few. Another difference is that we don’t have a standard procedure to cook a dish. If you ask different people to cook the same dish, the taste can be quite different.