Can I get a side of huitlacoche?
May 20, 2010 10:22 AM Subscribe
Which foods am I mispronouncing that I don't know about?
I love food, especially ethnic kinds, and I want to be the kind of super-diner who can fearlessly order without stumbling. I grew up in a very multicultural environment, but there are a few things I've eaten all my life that I've never been quite solid on the pronunciation of, like bánh mì. This made me wonder if there are other foods that I think I'm pronouncing correctly, but I'm actually butchering.
I don't feel the need to master an “authentic” pronunciation; I just don't want to get anything blatantly wrong. For example, my Japanese heritage cringes a little whenever I hear someone ordering sake as “sockey” (rhymes with hockey) instead of “sah-keh” (although, I don't mind if someone wants to go to “carry-oh-kee”, since that's become standard in English).
There are always going to be unfamiliar dish names to tie my tongue into knots, but right now, I'd love to nail down the more commonly mispronounced ones and minimize the snickering of my future servers. Thanks!