Première classe A1 Breakthrough

Culture(s): eating habits

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Aude remplit son cabas de choses qui nous sont familières|étranges|habituelles et puis d'autres qui nous paraissent bien plus étranges|familières|étonnantes.

Mais quelle étonnante|curieuse|étrange couleur pour un œuf !

Les Thaïs adorent|détestent la soupe.

Les Thaïs prennent de la soupe à chaque repas|chaque jour.

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Conception: Geneviève Briet, Université catholique de Louvain
Published on 04/06/2013 - Modified on 10/12/2019
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C'est l'heure que choisit notre guide, Aude, pour remplir son cabas de choses qui nous sont familières et puis d'autres qui nous paraissent bien plus étranges. Mais quelle étonnante couleur pour un œuf !

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Les Thaïs adorent la soupe et à chaque repas. Particularité, le client choisit ici ses ingrédients : ses herbes, ses épices et ses nouilles que l'on trempe rapidement dans un bouillon. On choisit alors sa viande, puis sa sauce. Et voici la soupe gaeng som, bien épicée grâce à la pâte de curry rouge.
First excerpt Voice over Our guide Aude chooses this moment to fill her shopping bag with some things we are familiar with, and some we find very strange indeed. What an odd colour for an egg! Second excerpt Voice over Thai people love soup, and have it at every meal. As a unique feature, the client can pick out their preferred ingredients: the herbs, the spices, and the noodles, quickly dipped in broth. Next, they select the meat, and the sauce. And here you have gaeng som a very spicy soup, because of that red curry paste.

Culture(s) / Eating habits

In your country, in your culture, are there any food items that are out of the ordinary? Could you eat frog legs, beef tongue, foie gras, oysters, or snails, as some people do in France? Does chocolate have an earthy taste to you? Are there any distinctive foods that you are only supposed to eat for special occasions, during very specific meals? How would you react if your guests were unable to take on your habits? Do you usually eat sweet or savoury food for breakfast? What would you do if your guests were unable to eat the same food at the same times, like soup for breakfast, for example? In France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada, holiday celebrations are traditionally linked to certain foods - oysters and foie gras are often served at the Christmas table, for example. Dessert is always made up of something sweet, like fruit or a cake. On the other hand, we don't eat insects. As a general rule, it is rude to decline to taste a dish. Even if you don't like certain types of food or cooking, it is best to put a small portion in your plate and taste is so as to not offend your host. However, health reasons (allergies, a diet) will get you out of eating certain things. Usually, people clear their plates to indicate that they are no longer hungry. Soup is a highly appreciated dish. The Ministry of Health recommends it to prevent obesity, which is affecting an increasing number of people. Soup is eaten as a starter at lunch or dinner. French cuisine makes prolific use of herbs, salt and pepper, and also includes spices, in much smaller amounts than in Africa or Asia.

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