Talking about bread, pasta, potatoes and rice in English

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Talking about bread, pasta, potatoes and rice in English

Talking about bread, pasta, potatoes and rice in English is easy to do in English because near all cultures eat these foods. But there is a challenge. The Chinese and the Italians don’t make pasta the same way. German bread and American bread aren’t the same. This means that when you talk about these foods, you need to be a bit more specific about how these foods are prepared.

 


Breads

These are the most common types of bread.

 

Bread
bread
rolls
baguettes
white bread, sliced bread, sliced pan, Wonder bread
wheat
baguettes
baps
rye bread
pumpkin seed bread
whole grain
pumpernickel
naan bread
flatbreads: tortillas, durums, pita bread, lavash, Injera
simit
bagels, biali(s)
sourdough bread
focaccia
pizze
potato bread

Potatoes

Average people do not normally talk about a particular species of potato. Instead, they talk about the potato dish they are having. For this reason, rather than listing potato varieties, I will list potato dishes.

 

Potatoes dishes
baked potatoes, jacket potatoes(GB)
mashed potatoes
potato pancakes
potato farls
potato latkes
potatoes au gratin
scalloped potatoes
roasted potatoes
potatoes dauphinoise
fries: Belgian fries, steak fries, potato fries, shoestring fries, cheese fries, crazy fries, sweet potato fries, freedom fries, French fries

Pasta & Noodles

The only thing I love more than pasta, is more pasta. See below for a list of pastas and noodles.

 

Pasta
gnocchi
spaghetti
capellini, angel hair
fettucini
tortiglione
papardelle
tagliatelle
tortelloni, tortellini
ravioli
maccaroni
rigatoni
pene
farfalle
lasagne
spƤtzle
fideua
orzo

Asian noodles

While pasta as we think of it is from Italy, pasta’s parents are from Asia. For this reason, when we think of pasta, we think of Italy, and when we think of noodles, we have to think of all of Asia. Here, I will name only a few of the hundreds and hundreds of types of Asian pasta. If you know of a noodle that isn’t on this list that should be, write me.

 

Noodles
chow mein
lo mein
ramen
soba noodles
udon
rice noodles
cellophane noodles/glass noodles

Rice

If you think there are many kinds of noodles, there are even more types of rice. here is a short list of types of rice.

 

Rice dishes and types of rice
white rice
brown rice
long grain rice
basmati
jasmine rice
wild rice
arborio rice

What about couscous, bulgar, and quinoa?

I figured you might ask that. To read up on these, check out my post on Cuisines of Cultures and Countries.


What happens now?

With the terms above, you should be able to talk about most basic types of bread, potatoes, pasta and rice dishes. Stay tuned for my next blog where I tell you how to talk about flavours, herbs, spices and cooking methods. There will also be a few quizzes.