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.


Dessert menu
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) 

Tipping Etiquette

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.

▲Awarded  Winning Sparkling Wines from Austria 


Useful Sentences 

Is there an all-night café around here?


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.

YouTube Video: How to Make Cheddar Cheese (with Taste Test)


Cod 鱈魚

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).


omelette (Omelettes)

Oyster omelette is one of famed snack food in Taiwan. 

Other basic Vocabularies in the menu 
brunch 早午餐
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
pasta 意大利麵
sides 小菜=side dishes

jacket/baked potato馬鈴薯
mashed potatoes 馬鈴薯泥

crab 螃蟹
Fish and chips魚和薯條(英國國民料理)
Irish Whiskey愛爾蘭威士忌


Custard (卡士達醬)

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


stuffed flatbread



taco 類似餅乾裡面夾一些內餡

burrito 類似台灣的潤餅

image via Pinterest 


Pilaf (U.S.)pilau (UK
It’s an inventive way to make fried rice with broth.

# Broth=bouillon

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).

相較於白麵包,全麥麵包含有更多的纖維,維生素和礦物質。白麵包由小麥製成,去除了胚芽和麩皮,同時也減少了纖維、維生素B,維生素E、鐵、鋅、鎂和磷的礦物質。GI指數高的食物可能會導致血糖升高。 相反,GI較低的飲食有助於調節血糖水平。像是全穀麵包比白麵包和全麥麵包的GI(血糖指數)低。全麥包含整個穀物:麩皮(外層),胚乳(澱粉中層)和胚芽(營養豐富的內部)。雜糧麵包通常由白麵粉製成,並添加一些穀物。


Rye bread

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.


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