Back in October, the foodie experts at Rewards Network put out our list of 10 menu items people commonly mispronounce, from bánh mì (BON-mee) and quinoa (KEEN-wah) to Worcestershire (wuh-stuh-shur). But we’re not done! In a continuing effort to help our readers avoid embarrassing menu ordering faux pas, check out this new list of foods that are oh-so-easy to say wrong:
This dark purple, grapelike fruit from South America is known for its heart-heathy fats and antioxidants. Most of us see acai in smoothies, but it is also a popular flavor in jellies and ice cream! The right way to pronounce the berry is as-sigh-EE.
Beignets are delicate fritters made out of choix paste and most commonly found in New Orleans. Like the other French terms on this list, its pronunciation can trip people up, but it’s benn-YAY.
Besides being the name of a popular burrito franchise, chipotle is a smoked and dried jalapeño used in a variety of southwestern and Tex-Mex dishes. Because of the way it’s been handled, this chili has some potent flavors. It’s pronounced chi-POHT-ley.
This French delicacy of fattened goose or duck liver is all about luxury. It’s quite the controversial menu item, with many cities and municipalities prohibiting its sale in the United States. But if you’re lucky enough to find it at a fine dining establishment, make sure to pronounce fois gras as fwah-GRAH when you order.
The geoduck (which is pronounced gooey duck) is a strange-looking sea creature, but it’s actually a clam and happens to be something of a delicacy of the Pacific Northwest. It can be prepared either raw or cooked (although removing the tough skin is a crucial step in the cleaning process).
Hor d’ouerve is probably the most well-known item on this list. It could be the devilled eggs your great-aunt sets out when you visit, the cheese and crackers you buy at the last minute when guests call from 10 minutes away, or simply any kind of appetizer or starter! But many people still aren’t sure how to say it out loud – it’s awr durv.
Originally from Spain, this rice dish has various variations, including chicken, pork, and seafood, but vegetarian versions can be made too. The use of saffron is an essential flavor element to the dish. It’s pronounced pah-EY-yah.
A popular item at breakfast and brunch alike, quiche is easily one of the most adaptable menu items. Any number of ingredients — including bacon, ham, tomato, vegetables, and herbs — can be combined in a pastry crust to make a delicious main course. This beloved egg dish might be tasty to eat, but make sure to call it KEESH and not kweesh!
The French term for a thick stew served as the main course, ragout can be made with meat, poultry, or fish along with a variety of vegetable choices. You might be tempted to pronounce ragout as “rag out.” However, it’s actually ra-goo, like the brand of sauce.
This yogurt sauce is a staple in Greek cuisine, used on gyros, meat dishes, and as a dip. The next time you’re at your favorite Greek restaurant, make sure to pronounced it zat-ZEE-key. That’s right – the first T is silent.
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