Ielts Cue Card # 140


I think we can all agree that #foodislife. When it comes to food, there are so many varieties we can choose from. From Italian Pizza lớn French Croissants, Shepherd’s Pie lớn Belgian Waffles, even Hyderabadi Biriyani! The danh sách is endless. It can be really hard khổng lồ pick a favourite food, but I’m sure we all have one, and we all talk about it too.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying khổng lồ say.

Read on to lớn learn exactly what to say, to make your partner understand why you love your favourite food. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, & work from there.

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*You’ve just joined a new job, and as part of the ice-breaking session, your manager asks you & your co-workers khổng lồ talk about your favourite food*

Read on to lớn find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, và expressions that can be used for an effective & fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide lớn having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we have guarantee you a smooth conversation.


Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the wh questions along with the từ khóa to help you put together the content.

Where did you come across the food? – Mom made it, sampled it at a party, restaurant etc.

What is the flavour of the food like? – Sweet, Spicy, Sour, Tangy* etc.

What type of cuisine is it? – French, Mexican, Italian etc.

Why bởi you lượt thích the food? – Flavour, texture, nutrition etc.

What kind of meal is it? – Starter, Main Course, Dessert, Appetizer etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to lớn suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth & clarity to lớn what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing* your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about your favourite food.

Listed below are a few words và phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the dish you like. Additionally, the meanings of a few starred (*) words are given at the over of this article that you could also use!

CuisineRecipeTastePalate*FlavourAromaTextureMouthfeel*CulinarySeasoningGarnish*Accompaniments*BeverageMeal CourseCutlery

Similarly. Given below are a few descriptive words và phrases that you could use to lớn make your conversation more interesting!

Detailed recipe.Rich và heavy meal.Secret family recipe.Well-done/rare/medium/very rare cuts etc.Well-balanced seasoning.Well-executed garnish & presentation.Sharp, complementing flavours.Childhood memories.Flawless dish construction.Light và fluffy dessert. (Could be used to lớn describe mousse, cakes etc.)Smoky meat. (Could be used lớn describe Barbeque, grill etc.)Creamy food (ice cream, mac ‘n’ cheese, melted chocolate etc.)Crunchy textureGreasy & oily. Unpleasantly bitter or tart*

Organizing the content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what khổng lồ talk about and the words lớn use, let us put them in a logical order.

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Initiate the conversation by bringing up the food you like, this could be done in many ways. One such way is given below.

‘As asked, my favourite food is Fish & Chips’

Express your excitement over the dish this could be why you brought the dish into the conversation in the first place.

‘My mom makes the best fish và chips, she uses a secret family recipe that’s been passed down for generations!’

Talk about why you liked the dish – here are 5 examples of things you could say

The dish was flawlessly constructed, all its components were cooked lớn perfection. The dessert was light and fluffy, perfect after the filling main course. The meat was very well done, not undercooked, not overdone, but roasted just right. The pudding had a very crunchy texture that gave me an interesting mouthfeel, it was delicious!The dish reminds me of my childhood, it fills me with nostalgia.*

Tell your conversational partner why you think they should try the dish, for example :-

I know you have a sweet tooth* so you have to lớn try this pudding, it’s simply sublime.*You’re always complaining about how vegetarian dishes are so limited in variety. Well, I just discovered this new paneer dish that will have your mouth watering, you must try it!The roasted pork they serve at that bistro down the street is brilliant! I love it’s crunchy skin & juicy texture, you should try it sometime. You have khổng lồ try out that new pizza joint, they have all sorts of pizzas, even dessert pizzas!You should try my mom’s Fish và Chips, I can promise you it will be the best Fish & Chips you’ve ever had!

A model answer would be as follows :-

My favourite food would definitely have to be ‘fish and chips.’ My mom makes the best fish & chips, she uses a secret family recipe that’s been handed down for generations. She cooks the fish just right, so it almost melts in your mouth when you take a bite. She also seasons it khổng lồ perfection, it’s neither too spicy, nor too bland. She used lớn make it for me when I got trang chủ from school sometimes. Ah, those were the best days! Whenever I eat fish & chips, I am reminded of my childhood, although nobody makes it as well as my mother! I would love to bring some homemade fish và chips lớn work sometime, I can guarantee you all will enjoy it.

Meanings of starred (*) words

Tangy – Having a strong, sharp flavour. Pique – Arouse interest. Palate – a person’s ability to distinguish between and appreciate different flavours.Mouthfeel – the way an thành tựu of food or drink feels in the mouth, as distinct from its taste.Accompaniments – Highly flavoured seasonings of various kinds offered with certain dishes.Garnish – A small amount of food used lớn decorate other food. Tart – sharp or acid in taste.Nostalgia – Desire to revisit the past.

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Sweet tooth – a great liking for sweet-tasting foods.Sublime – Perfect. Bistro – A bistro or bistrot, is a small restaurant, serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting with alcohol