How to pronounce all the hipsterAF food that you can’t seem to get right

TL;DR – How to pronounce acai so you don’t embarrass yourself at Starbucks.  

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I was recently in New York and everywhere in Manhattan had these food trucks selling gyro (similar to a kebab I guess) and it disturbed me so much that I couldn’t be sure if I was pronouncing it right.

For the record, it’s JEYEroe – like that makes any sense?

So here’s a video,

And 10 other food you’ve most probably been mispronouncing too.

1) Acai

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What is it? Basically a really thick fruit smoothie topped with oatmeal, fruit or peanut butter and eaten with a spoon.

And you pronounce it as, ah-sah-ee.

2) Ganache

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What is it? A whipped chocolate cream filling that’s typically used in cakes and truffles.

And you pronounce it as, guhnahsh.

3) Quinoa

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What is it? A type of grain typically used as a gluten-free substitute for pasta, rice or couscous.

And you pronounce it as, keen-wah.

4) Poke

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What is it? A poke bowl is essentially the Hawaiian chirashi don made up of a base, usually rice or greens, sashimi and toppings such as seaweed and avocado.

And you pronounce it as, POH-keh.

5) Gnocchi

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What is it? Pasta dumplings usually made from potato and served with sauce.

And you pronounce it as, nyawk-kee.

6) Espresso

So you won’t embarrass yourself the next time you’re at Starbucks, it’s pronounced as ess-press-o and NOT ex-press-oh.

7) Bruschetta

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What is it? The fancy tomatoes on bread appetiser you always see at dinner parties.

And you pronounce it as, broo-sket-ah.

8) Pho

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What is it? Best described as Vietnamese beef kway tiao.

And you pronounce it as, more like fah than fur. (Audio)

9) Confit

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What is it? Literally meaning “to preserve”, a confit is any type of food that is cooked slowly over a long period of time as a method of preservation. We typically see duck confit being served at French restaurants.

And you pronounce it as, con-fee.


10) Turmeric

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There’s a R in the word so we shouldn’t pretend it doesn’t exist. It’s hence ter-mer-ik and not tumour-rick.



Author: Flora Lim

Instagram addict, military wife and chocoholic down with a serious case of wanderlust, Flora spends 97% of her time building her business and the other 3% on her blog floraisabelle.com


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