Street Food
Do you like to try street food? What kind of street food do you like? What street food do people usually eat? Do you like to buy street food when you travel to a new place?
Vocabulary
  • Dysentery (noun) - a disease of the bowels that causes the contents to be passed out of the body much more often and in a more liquid form than usual. It is caused by an infection that is spread by dirty water or food.
  • Complaint (noun) - a statement that something is wrong or not satisfactory.
  • One-off (adj.) - happening only once.
  • Vendor (noun) - someone who is selling something.
  • Consumption (noun) - the act of using, eating, or drinking something.
  • To sauté (verb) - to cook food in oil or fat over heat, usually until it is brown.
  • Principle (noun) - a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works.
  • To be a recipe for disaster, trouble, success, etc. (phrase) - to be very likely to become a disaster, success, etc.
Questions and answers
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M: Rory, let's talk about street food. Yum, yum, yum. Shall we?

R: Let's.

M: Do you like street food?

R: Not really, I'm afraid. The last time I had some I felt like I might die from dysentery. My stomach complaint was so bad. It's not my thing at all these days.

M: What kinds of street food do you like?

R: Well, none now. I used to like the odd thing here and there. But I never really got into it. Well, at least not enough to build up a taste for it or a regular set of things that I'd buy.

M: How often do you eat street food?

R: Well, like I said, almost never. I don't think it's good for me. I think I'm not used to the bacteria or whatever it is in it. Even if it was a one-off bad experience, I still wouldn't like to repeat it if I possibly can.

M: When was the last time you had street food?

R: I think the last time was almost 11 years ago in New York. I bought a hot dog from a street vendor and I was really unwell. I'm not sure the fine details are fit for public consumption. So let's just say it wasn't the best of times, I really didn't feel well at all.

M: What street food do people usually eat?
R: I think it depends on where they are in the world, really. In Thailand, there are markets where you can easily pick up crickets and various styles. Like you can have them sautéed, for example. While in America, I think it's things like hot dogs and burgers. So there's a great variety there. I'm not actually sure what the governing principle behind them is.

M: Do you like to buy street food when you travel to a new place?

R: Absolutely not. It seems like a recipe for disaster in my case. It's far better to stick to what I know. And I think at my age, I've earned that right.
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