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#EngVocab: American Food (3)

Happy Saturday fellas! I hope you are in a good state wherever you are despite the current extreme weather happening around the world..

Well to cheer you up from the gloomy day, I will be continuing last week’s session and it will be the last part of it

So here they are, #EngVocab in American food continued from no. 9!

9. Meatloaf – It was the recipe of “Cannelon of Beef” by Fannie Farmer that started it. Originally Fannie put slices of salt pork on the top of the ground or chopped beef which then shaped like a loaf and served it with brown mushroom sauce. Now meatloaf is made with different kinds of meat and served in different ways.

10. Macaroni and Cheese – popular known as Mac n Cheese is macaroni or any kind of pasta baked, melted with cheese. Mac n Cheese started when Thomas Jefferson “liked a certain noodle dish” which he noted down and served it back in America as “macaroni pie”.

Later on, his cousin, Mary Randolph, developed the “macaroni and cheese” recipe in her cookbook. Now it can be made and served everywhere, in America, Kraft sold it as an instant meal, like in Indonesia we have instant noodles

11. Potato chips – adalah kripik kentang. Note: Potato chips in America are potato crisps in Britain. It was American Indian chef named George Crum who created the loveable snack as a picky dinner customer said the fried cut potatoes he cooked were to thick and has to use fork to eat it.

After several times “thinning” it, he got to the point it’s really thin, fried, and no fork is needed. Since then, it became a hit. Herman Lay the founding of Lay’s potato chips was the first to market it nationally

12. Peanut butter sandwich – Peanut butter is a spread made from peanut while its sandwich is basically bread with that spread. But now it was no longer just the spread. Some people would pair it with jelly, known as Peanut Butter and Jelly.Admin would say peanut butter sandwich is an equivalent to Indonesian’s roti  mentega isi meses cokelat:)

13. S’mores – anyone know this one? It is marshmallows toasted or grilled above the fire by a stick. It is a “gooey, melty, warm and sweet” food. it’s often related to camping food as the first one to introduce the recipe were the Girl Scouts in 1927

Lastly, 14. Popcorn – who doesn’t know this cinema related food? Made by dried corn seeds cooked with butter or oil and left exploding by itself for a few minutes. Popcorn was discovered way back in 3600 BC by native Americans in New Mexico. In America alone, 15 billion liters of it finished in a year which is 48 liters per man, woman, or child.

So that’s it fellas! Our #EngVocab on American food comes to an end…I hope you have enjoyed the past three Saturday sessions :)

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on January 4, 2014



#EngVocab: American Food (2)

Hello fellas! Hope you had a good Saturday so far!

As promised, I will be continuing our #EngVocab on American food :)

I stopped at no.3 last time so here are the rest:

4. Barbecue ribs – usually made from pork or beef, either “slathered or smoked”.

Slathered = diolesi bumbu, smoked = diasap.

Apparently there are a lot of competitions on it throughout the America for you to judge. For pork ribs, tradition of gathering for barbecues from before the Civil War has happened in the South part of the country where “finer points of pork earn the region the title of the Barbecue Belt”. Meanwhile, Texas claim themselves as the barbecue beef and Kansas City as “where the sauce is the thing”

5. Cheeseburger – nyumm… you pretty much can find in almost all fast food counters, or burger specialty restaurants. A cheeseburger is a hamburger with a slice of cheese on it, a hamburger is a fried/grilled patty of ground beef placed between buns and garnished. Apparently it was born at Pasadena, California in the late 1920s, “a young chef at The Rite Spot accidentally burned a burger and slapped on some cheese to cover his blunder”. What an interesting story isn’t it?

6. Hot dogs – sausage in a bun…why is it so…Apparently it was from a “similar sausage from Frankfurt, Germany” sometimes called “frankfurter” and “frank”. Which German immigrant Charles Feltman served it “using buns to save on plates”. Yet it was Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker that made it an icon by selling it in a stand at Coney Island.

7. Nachos – not quite American but America made it popular indeed. Nacho is a corn chip or tortilla chip which is basically made from corn. It was in Piedaras Negras, Mexico when Ignacio Anaya invented it spontaneously for the wives of American soldiers at Fort Duncan who arrived at the Victory Club restaurant after closing time. Apparently “nacho” was from the chef’s name “Ignacio” himself while in Spanish “nacho” is “flat-nosed”.

8. Chocolate-chip cookies – remember what’s discussed here https://englishtips4u.com/2013/01/30/engtrivia-british-englishbre-6-biscuit/? As explained, cookies are what biscuits are called in America. Chocolate-chip cookie is a popular one.It was in 1930s, Ruth Wakefield who owned the Toll House Inn at Whitman, Massachusetts invented it. Now her cookies are known as “Mrs. Fields”. At the time, Mrs Wakefield did not come up with chocolate chips straight away to put on her dough mixtures. She used Nestle semisweet chocolate bar somehow which ended up receiving chocolate chips lifetime supply from Nestle #EngVocab

That’s it for today fellas :) I hope you this has been useful :)

Still haven’t got enough of these #EngVocab? Don’t worry, more to come next week!

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on January 11, 2014



#EngVocab: American Food (1)

Hey fellas :) first weekend of the new year, eh? How about on food #EngVocab? :D

Not every English speaking countries have the same food.. so today I am going to share a few on American food:

1. Twinkies – iconic “Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling” made by James Dewar in Illinois back in 1930. It use to have a banana cream filling, yet due to banana being scarce in WW II, it was changed to vanilla.Twinkie is dipped in hot oil and has its name taken from a billboard advertising Twinkle Toe Shoes

2. Jerky – CNN, our source today, stated “It’s American food the way we like our wilderness grub — tough and spicy.” It could be from “Beef, turkey, chicken, venison, buffalo, even ostrich, alligator, yak, and emu.” Apparently they got it from the Native American which is a fire cured meat mixed with animal fat.

3. Banana split – Latrobe, Pennsylvania, David Strickler was experimenting with sundaes at a pharmacy soda fountain split a banana lengthwise, and put it in a long boat dish. 1907 Wilmington, Ohio, story, wherein restaurant owner Ernest Hazard came up with it to draw students from a nearby college. Fame spread after a Walgreens in Chicago made the split its signature dessert in the 1920s. Whatever the history, you’ll find plenty food for thought at the Banana Split Festival the second weekend in June in Wilmington. For sure Banana Split is known now as a banana split topped with delicious ice creams

That’s all I can share for today! I will continue this next week :) I hope it has been useful..

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on January 4, 2014




#IOTW: Idioms Related To Food and Drink

Good evening, fellas. How’s your Sunday? Good or bad? Share with us. Now, let’s move to the today’s session. What will it be? It will be . Oh, wait. Do you know what is , fellas? ;)

 stands for Idiom Of The Week.” – @ziayazid

Let’s start it!

  1. Full of beansMeaning: energetic; frisky.
    • Example:
      • “Rick Savage may be getting old but he’s still full of beans.”
  2. Sell like hot cakes. Meaning: (for something) to be sold very fast.
    • Example:
      • “Def Leppard’s fourth album, Hysteria, sold like hot cakes.”
  3. Cheesed off. Meaning: angry; disgusted; annoyed.
    • Example:
      • “Andy Summers was absolutely cheesed off with Stewart’s joke.”
  4. Sharp cookie. Meaning: one who can identify attempts to deceive or mislead.
    • Example:
      • ” You can’t fool Robert Smith. He’s a sharp cookie.”
  5. Cool as a cucumber. Meaning: extremely calm; imperturbable.
    • Example:
      • “Sting will be on stage in 5 minutes but he stays as cool as a cucumber.”
  6. Cry over spilled milk. Meaning: to be unhappy about what cannot be undone.
    • Example:
      • “Tina Turner cannot accept the reality. She is crying over spilled milk.
  7. Be as keen as mustard. Meaning: to be very eager.
    • Example:
      • ” I think we should ask Phil Perry to join the choir. He’s as keen as mustard.”
  8. Of the first water. Meaning: of the finest quality.
    • Example:
      • “Eric Clapton gave a performance that was of the first water.”
  9. Small potatoes. Meaning: something insignificant or unimportant.
    • Example:
      • “The contract which was offered to Prince was small potatoes.”
  10. Soup to nuts. Meaning: from beginning to end.
    • Example:
      • “Paula Abdul told the story of her life to the journalists from soup to nuts.”

That’s all for tonight. See you tomorrow, fellas. Cheerio! :D

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, September 15, 2013.



#EngVocab: Bread Spread (Selai-Selai Roti)

Hey there fellas! Hope your Saturday has been well so far :)

Pernah bertanya-tanya gak selai-selai roti dalam bahasa Inggris apa saja? Ini dikenal sebagai “bread spread” atau “food spread on bread” :)

Untuk mengisi hari Sabtu-mu, simak yuk #EngVocab berikut ini :)

1. Butter = mentega – yellow solid food used for bread spread and melted for cooking.


2. Jam = selai – a sticky sweet food made from boiled fruit and sugar.


3. Peanut butter = selai kacang – a soft food made from crushed peanuts.

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4. Caviar = kaviar – made of fish eggs, in some countries considered as luxurious food.


5. Marmalade = selai jeruk – sweet food made from cooked fruit such as oranges or lemons.


6. Preserve = another name for jam.

7. Marmite – A brand of spread made from yeast and cooked vegetables, comes from Britain.


8. Vegemite – Also a brand of spread made from yeast and comes from Australia.


9. Hummus – has no Indonesian translation. Made from chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.


10. Paste = pasta – made from crushed meats and fishes used for cooking as well.


@nisaBSR: “kaya terasi berarti shrimp paste ya?” <- Bisa juga :)

With the helps of:




Images from Google Images of each #EngVocab

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on August 24, 2013


#USSlang: American slang (16) – Slang related to food

  1. Grub. Meaning: food.
    • Example:
      • “Are you hungry? Let’s grab some grub!”
  2. Cup O’ Joe. Meaning: coffee.
    • Example:
      • “I have to have a cup o’ Joe in morning or I’ll get so sleepy for my morning class.”
  3. Grinder. Meaning: long sandwich.
    • Example:
      • “Have you tried the new fish grinder? It’s my Mom’s favorite.”
  4. Lay off. Meaning: stop eating so much food.
    • Example:
      • “My boyfriend is gaining weight. Guess he should lay off the fast food.”
  5. Veggie. Meaning: vegetable.
    • Example:
      • “Gerard really loves veggie burger. I told him to be a vegetarian.”
  6. Wolf down. Meaning: to eat very quickly.
    • Example:
      • “Ray wolfed down five burgers and still asked his mother to buy him more.”
  7. Have a bite. Meaning: taste the food.
    • Example:
      • “The spaghetti is so delicious. Have a bite, Mike.”
  8. Grab a bite to eat. Meaning: get something to eat.
    • Example:
      • “Why don’t we grab a bite to eat on our way home? I’m so hungry.”

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, January 7, 2013

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#EngGame: Guess the ‘Warung Makan’ Item!

So fellas, tonight let’s play some guessing game shall we? Anyone up for an #EngGame?

The #EngGame connects to the things we see in an eating place such as ‘warung makan’, can anyone translate ‘warung makan’?

I think this one suits best for a ‘warung makan’ :) -> A diner @asterizka

That would be an interesting answer hehe -> “@mrlogix: EnglishTips4U or maybe, minimalistic restaurant? :p re:warung”

Many of you answered food stall, I guess that could be it too :)

Shall we start the #EngGame ? I hope you all will join in :) Get ready! Go!



1. I might be in a bottle, transparent, type of drink, what am I?

2. I have fingers but one is not there, I stab but I’m not evil, what am I?

3. I’m crispy, cracks a lot, in Indonesia I was made from a lot of things, what am I?

4. I could be helpful, I could be not, at least I have words that you can eat later, what am I?

5. Bubbles seemed to appear, the smokes were sometimes seen, what is the cooker doing?

6. I’m from the friends of vegetables but usually I’m made to a drink, what am I? It’s friends of vegetables but when made to a drink, it has it’s own type, what is it?

7. Sizzling is heard, strong smells usually followed, what’s the chef doing?

8. I’m also inside a bottle and a type of drink, but I sparkle, what am I?

Okay fellas those were the questions :) was it hard? The answers will come soon! Stay tuned!

So fellas, here are the answers!


A1. @taniayuyu: Mineral water

A2. @mutiaradwiasy: fork.

A3. @ferryarchie: Crackers

A4 @shitase: Menu

A5. @ryu_ndha: Boiling

A6. @Yu_Liz: Juice

A7. @asterizka: Frying

A8. @nurhasanahb: Soda

Okay fellas, those were the answers! How did you do? I hope you had fun :)

Let’s have some rest, shall we? Keep practising and have fun with English language :D G’nite fellas!

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on, October  23 2012

#EngTalk: Ordering Food and Drink (2)

Admin wants to play a lil game! Ready?

Okay fellas, here comes the lesson! Still remember our #EngTalk on Ordering Food and Drink?

Go! State any kind of food/drink you know in English and its meaning in bahasa!

You got 30 minutes, fellas! Admin will RT the right n interesting ones :) go, go, go!

Food and Drink Names in English

@tikaaprissilia: chips = keripik” in US, while in UK chips = french fries = kentang goreng

@erallvine: Satay : sate

@yth_bikor: Beef and cheese lasagna! Lasanya daging sapi dan keju! I think I’m going to order it for dinner tonight :) ” :D

@popiimessi: red wine : anggur merah

@popiimessi: sandwich : roti isi

@tikaaprissilia: fairycake = cupcake

@Fajaryanda: Hodgepodge : Gado-gado” does hodgepodge has peanut sauce?

No, kerupuk is crackers :) “@didinario: Klo kerupuk=chups? RT@EnglishTips4U: “@tikaaprissilia: chips = keripik” in US”

@popiimessi: terasi : shrimp paste

@Purwantindah: meatball: bakso, orange juice: jus jeruk

@vectoreza: Mac n Cheese. Makaroni dengan Keju >>


@ambar68: Porridge = bubur

As admins found it used cream, jd spertinya kurang cocok.. “@Fajaryanda: Well, I think so :p RT does hodgepodge has peanut sauce?

@apinVinoot: Roasted bread = roti bakar . tea = teh

@tikaaprissilia: I’ve heard something called banger and mash. Is that sosis dan mashed potato?” Hmm, fellas?

@vectoreza@tikaaprissilia yup >

re: banger and mash

@ismailasep: Fried Rice=nasi goreng, ice cream=es krim

@KaArikashiki: dumpling = pangsit

It’s okay :) “@Fajaryanda: I see then, my bad :o RT As admins found it used cream, jd spertinya kurang cocok. Re: gado2

Wow :D “@JustNamira: pancake = serabi. Seriusan Indonesianya serabi loh. Hahaha.

@oveelution: Toast doang juga bisa.. :D RT “@apinVinoot: Roasted bread = roti bakar

@Fajaryanda usually it’s “@dbvalentino: indonesian salad = gado-gado” sometimes ‘with peanut sauce’

@nyomaanwidiaa Kalo fried ice cream berarti es krim goreng dong – yep :)

panekuk is actually dutch tp dipakai dibahasa juga @JustNamira@adtml re: pancake

@vectoreza club sandwich = roti lapis isi ikan kecil (lupa tuna maybe) , selada , tomat , keju trus ada dagingnya jga :o

@NDJOEcieden min, bukannya kalo nama makanan itu ga boleh diubah2 ya? <- beberapa tidak diubah tapi bbrp sudah memiliki sebutan b. Inggrisnya

@aaimm Kalo di padang, namanya pinukuik min. RT panekuk is actually dutch tp dipakai dibahasa juga, re: pancake

Seems a lot of interesting names and meanings found by fellas :) There must be a lot more! Seems never ending! You all did great :D

Now admin will share some more tips

Last time we talked about ordering in a waiter service restaurant or cafe, now admin will discuss the one we order at cashiers

Ordering Food through a Cashier

Saat kita sampai di kasir, biasanya pegawai menyapa kita dg salam sesuai waktu atau Hello, Hi dilanjutkan ‘How can I help you?’

Setelah itu kita bisa sebutkan yang ingin dipesan, jangan lupa dengan kata-kata ‘Would like’ seperti ‘I would like menu number 2’

Jika ingin menambahkan apa yang telah dipesan, misalnya sudah dapat satu kopi tapi ingin pesan lg, bisa bilang ‘Another coffee’ atau ‘and another coffee, please’ / ‘Can I add another coffee, please?’

That’s it for now fellas :) I hope the #EngTalk for ordering food and drink is clear, if not do ask :)


Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on May 29, 2012

#EngTalk: Ordering Food and Drink Part 1

Guess the #EngTalk: You’re in a place but you can’t eat straight away, you have to ___

@KoKosasih: Order the food

Benar :D malam ini #EngTalk akan membahas cara memesan makanan dlm b.inggris

Dalam #EngTalk kali ini juga akan dibagi ke beberapa tempat seperti restaurant dan cafe

Getting a Seat

Untuk di restaurant, ada yang pakai waiter/pelayan ada juga yang beli langsung seperti di fast food restaurant/siap saji

Kalau tempatnya boleh duduk dimana saja sih tidak apa, tapi kalau tidak, fellas harus menunggu/menghampiri pelayannya

Jika dihampiri dan ia mengatakan “Hello, how many people?”/”How many?” brarti menanyakan untuk berapa orang

Disini fellas jawab brp orang. Jika fellas harus menghampiri bisa menanyakan dg ‘Excuse me, table for (jumlah orang), please?’

Untuk kafe yang jenisnya seperti ini, prosedurnya juga sama

Biasanya menu makanan/minuman langsung dibawakan untuk kita, namun kalau tidak, ga ada salahnya minta kok :)

Oya sebelum itu, ada juga pelayan restaurant yang menanyakan ‘Hello, how can I help you?’ daripada ‘How many people?’

Disini bisa dijawab dengan ‘We would like to dine in’ – ‘Kita ingin makan disini’ yang biasanya disambung dg ditanyakan utk brp org

Atau bisa juga jawab dg ‘ Yes, can we have a table for (jumlah orang), please?’ – ‘Iya adakah meja untuk (jumlah orang)’

Getting, Reading and Ordering from the Menu

Untuk menanyakan menu, fellas bisa tanyakan dg ‘May I have the menu, please?’ atau kalau berbanyak ‘May we have the menu, please?’

Saat mau pesan, kalau kita tidak dihampiri pelayan kita bisa memanggilnya dengan ‘Excuse me’ sama seperti b.indo ‘Permisi’

Saat pelayan/waiter/waitress menghampiri kita biasanya ia mengatakan ‘Yes?’ atau ‘Hi, can I help you?’ – Ada yang bisa saya bantu?

Nah, menu di restaurant banyak macamnya, jika fellas sudah tahu mau pesan apa langsung saja sebutkan atau tunjuk

Jangan takut salah dalam mengatakan nama makanannya, it’s practise too, coba saja! Tapi kalau tidak mau ya tunjuk saja yang mana :)

Nah, kalau fellas bingung dengan nama makanannya, ragu akan ingredients/bahan makanannya, bisa ditanyakan kok

Misalnya ‘What are the ingredients for this one?’ – ‘Apa bahan makanannya untuk yang ini?’  (Terima kasih untuk koreksinya @septaliaXXV)

Kalau misalnya fellas alergi, contoh kacang, bisa ditanyakan ‘Does this one have peanut in it?’ – ‘Apa makanan ini ada kacangnya?’

Biasanya makanan di restaurant dibagi-bagi di menunya menjadi Appetizer (pembuka), Main Course (hidangan utama) & Dessert (penutup)

Oya lagi satu Drinks (minuman), dan dari bagian2 menu ini bisa dibagi-bagi lagi tergantung restaurant-nya

Fellas bisa memesan dengan menyebutkan satu2 seperti ‘We would like ___ for appetizer, ___ for main course, ___ for drinks’ dst

Jika ingin menyebutkan keinginan masing-masing juga bisa, adapula waiter yang kemungkinan bertanya kepada fellas

Misalnya ‘What would you like to have for appetizer/main course/drink?’ lalu fellas cukup menyebutkan apa yg fellas inginkan

‘Would like’ merupakan bentuk minta secara sopan jadi ada baiknya dipakai saat pesan makanan/minuman

Whoops, wrong food given.. or,  kecapnya mana? What should I do?

Saat makanan datang tapi salah fellas bisa katakan ‘Excuse me, but this is not what I ordered’ – Permisi, ini bukan yang saya pesan

Misalnya ingin pakai saus atau merica tapi tidak ada di meja bisa ditanyakan dengan ‘Excuse me, may I have salt/pepper/___sauce?’

Jika masih ada yang kurang, bisa ditanyakan dengan ‘May I/we have ______?’ May merupakan bentuk sopan dari apakah kita/saya boleh

@DanielPerangin2 you can always look up our TL again :) Fellas, sekian dulu untuk sharing #EngTalk kali ini ya tapi jangan sedih dulu

#EngTalk Ordering Food/Drink akan dilanjutkan lagi kok jadi just wait and see! Semoga bermanfaat!

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on May 24, 2012