TL;DR – How to pronounce acai so you don’t embarrass yourself at Starbucks.
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.
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.
What is it? A whipped chocolate cream filling that’s typically used in cakes and truffles.
And you pronounce it as, guh–nahsh.
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.
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.
What is it? Pasta dumplings usually made from potato and served with sauce.
And you pronounce it as, nyawk-kee.
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.
What is it? The fancy tomatoes on bread appetiser you always see at dinner parties.
And you pronounce it as, broo-sket-ah.
What is it? Best described as Vietnamese beef kway tiao.
And you pronounce it as, more like fah than fur. (Audio)
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.
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.