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Food Terms

Glossary of International Food Terms by Cuisine

Don’t know the difference between ono and uni? Not sure what coulis actually means? Learn the basics of culinary terminology with GAYOT’s guide to the proper food terms for cuisines from around the world.

Whether you’re a home cook who wants to brush up on food & cooking basics or you just want to get through a restaurant menu without asking a million questions, our glossary of international food terms is here to help.

Don't know shu mai from mu shu? Never experienced the delights of dim sum? Then our guide to Chinese food terms is for you. No longer will you be baffled by strange names and words on the menu. Whether you're...
Don't know your navets from your noisettes? Have no fear. Whether you're dining at a haute gastronomy restaurant or a small café on the outskirts of Paris, GAYOT's guide to French food terms will arm you with the necessary culinary lingo to negotiate any French...
Don't know your kulina from your kulolo? Have no fear. Whether you’re dining at an ocean-view hotel restaurant or a traditional luau, our guide to Hawaiian food terms will arm you with the necessary culinary lingo to navigate any Hawaiian food menu.  Hawaiian...
Ordering a meal at unfamiliar restaurants can be a challenging task, especially when the terms are foreign. That's why we've created this guide to Indian food terms, so that you won't make the mistake of ordering über-spicy vindaloo when you really...
Don't know your pignoli from your porcini? Have no fear. Whether you're dining at a five-star hotel restaurant or a small trattoria on the outskirts of Rome, our guide to Italian food terms will arm you with the necessary culinary lingo to negotiate...
Don't know your tamari from your toro? Have no fear. Whether you're dining at a five-star hotel restaurant or a traditional ryokan, our guide to Japanese food terms will arm you with the necessary culinary lingo to negotiate any menu. A Amaebi: sweet shrimp Anago: sea...
Don't know your banchan from doenjang? Need help navigating Korean menus? Whether you're having dukkbogki or all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ, GAYOT's guide to Korean food terms will arm you with the culinary vocabulary necessary to comfortably order at any Korean food restaurant.   B Banchan:...
Don't know your bacalao from your besugo? Have no fear. Whether you're dining at a top-rated restaurant or a small café in San Sebastian, our guide to Spanish food terms will arm you with the necessary culinary lingo to negotiate any menu. Note:...
Don't know your tom kha kai from your tom yam kung? Have no fear. Whether you're dining at a five-star restaurant, an authentic eatery, or simply ordering takeout under a time crunch, our guide to Thai food terms will arm you with the...
Don't know your tempeh from your seitan? Don't worry, we got you. As a result of veganism's increasing popularity, thanks to its many health benefits, you'll certainly want to learn the basics of vegan food terminology.  Whether you're a newbie, a...