Order Food in English -Menu Vocabulary
An hors d’oeuvre originates from French= appetizer
Generally, appetizers are finger food. The first course is named starters, appetizers or hors d’oeuvres. Next is the main course, namely entrée. Many restaurants offer vegetarian entrées as well.
Desserts can be gelato or pancakes, fruit pies, or a cheese platter, crackers, dried fruits, nuts, etc.In high-end restaurants, wine stewards or sommeliers helps guests pair wines from the wine list with the food they order.
Traditionally, red wines are paired with steak, roast beef and duck, while white wines are paired with chicken, fish and seafood. Be aware of the fact that many wine lists don’t reveal the prices when you order. Make sure you have enough budget for that.
Hors d’oeuvres may be served in either hot or cold. Typically, an hors d’oeuvre is often designed to be eaten by hand.
appetizers =starter (in Chinese 開胃菜)
In many countries, a service charges around 10% to 20% of the bill. In North America and some Eastern European countries, they don’t charge service fees. It depends on the restaurant. In Taiwan. some restaurants charge the service fee and some don’t.
sparkling wine (in Chinese: 氣泡酒)
Any of various wines, such as champagne, produced by a process involving fermentation in the bottle. Sparkling wine is naturally carbonated by a second fermentation. Sparkling wine with lots of carbon dioxide and its quality depends on its carbon dioxide content.
The biggest difference between sparkling wines hinge on sugar content and sugar levels vary dramatically. Sugar levels can be up to 15 grams per liter for brut to 50-plus grams for doux. Next, sparkling wines with higher alcohol content are less healthy. However, sparkling wines with lower alcohol content often contain more sugar. A shorter fermentation process eliminates less sugar in the process.
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Cheddar (in Chinese: 巧達起司)
Cheese is a great source of calcium, fat, protein, and high amounts of vitamins B-12. A wealth of studies verify the fact that cheese and dairy products work well to protect your teeth from cavities.
Cod livers are processed to make cod liver oil, which contains vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA).
Oyster omelette is one of famed snack food in Taiwan.
Other basic Vocabularies in the menu
liqueurs : Typically heavily sweetened, a liqueur is an alcoholic drink which often served with or after dessert.
main course=main dish 主菜 主餐 主食
sides 小菜=side dishes
mashed potatoes 馬鈴薯泥
Fish and chips魚和薯條（英國國民料理）
Custard is made from milk or cream and cooked with egg yolk to thicken it. You can add flour, corn starch, or gelatin if you prefer.
image source Baked Custard With Nutmeg Topping
Pilaf (U.S.)pilau (UK )
It’s an inventive way to make fried rice with broth.
White bread is made from wheat which removes germ and bran thereby losing the nutrients of fibre, B group vitamins, vitamin E and minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus. Wholegrain bread, wholemeal bread and multigrain bread are better than white bread, because they have more fiber, vitamins and minerals. Often, multigrain bread is made from white flour with some added grains.
Wholemeal bread is mad e from wholegrains that have been milled to a fine texture.Wholemeal flour contains more fibre, vitamins and minerals than white bread.
Wholegrain bread has a lower GI (glycaemic index) than white and wholemeal breads. Foods with a high GI index potentially cause blood sugar spikes. Conversely, lower GI diet helps regulate blood glucose levels. Wholegrains contains the entire grain: the bran (outer layer), endosperm (starchy middle layer) and germ (nutrient rich inner part).
Rye is made with various proportions of flour from rye grain. It can be light or dark in color and is typically denser than bread made from wheat flour. It is higher in fiber than white bread. Seeded Rye bread is common in Germany, known in the United States as Jewish Rye bread.