Five most frequently mispronounced dishes
EVERYONE has paused over certain words when they pop up on menus, especially in the multicultural country we live in where food comes from all corners.
This can make pronunciation tricky at times, but really it's the only downside to having so many options to choose from.
Certain meals that trip up even the most seasoned diners and language learning app Babbel has put together the top five most common blunders.
1. Take the bruschetta, followed by a serve of gnocchi
Both dishes are popular Italian fare in Australia. Most people probably know bruschetta (broo-SKEH-tah) is a crispy grilled bread rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil, usually served with fresh savoury toppings.
While boiled gnocchi (NYOH-kee) can be served as a main with tomato sauce, quite like a pasta, or it's great as a crispy side when it's pan-fried.
2. A Caipirinha please
This tongue-twister is not just a popular alcohol beverage but the national cocktail of Brazil.
While a Caipirinha (kai-pee-REEN-ya) is now popularly customised to your taste by adding the liquor of your choice, the original mix consists of cachaça (a distilled sugarcane spirit) sugar and lime.
This refreshing cocktail is perfect for the upcoming summer months.
3. Fajitas and quesadillas for a vibrant and scrumptious fix
Fajitas (fuh-HEE-tah) and quesadillas (kesa-DEE-ya) are two delicious Mexican street food dishes likely to be well-known but highly mispronounced by Australians.
Knowing how to pronounce these two classics will make you feel nearly as good as if you were eating them beachside in Tulum.
4. Bouillabaisse s'il vous plait
An enjoyable French dish that is both difficult to pronounce and prepare is Bouillabaisse (BOO-yeh-bays).
Despite its rumoured Greek and Roman origins, bouillabaisse became most popular in Marseille in the 19th century.
While essentially a fish stew, this dish promises to be different from any other because of the unique way it's prepared and served.
5. The açai breakfast bowl
One of 2017's biggest wholefoods trends is the açai (aa-sah-EE) bowl. This nutritious meal hit it off as a breakfast trend here in Australia because of the acai berry's aesthetic appearance, stand out taste and smell.
However, the superfood has Portuguese and Brazilian origins and has been around long before it went viral on social media.
If you've still not tasted the famous açai bowl, what are you waiting for?