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6 Let's eat!

This section aims to make help you become aware of the variety of food in the UK and the world.

Activity 22 The Great British Menu

Timing: You should allow 15 minutes

Make notes on what foods you would consider as traditionally British. Write down examples of starters, main courses and puddings.


Here is an example of a typical British menu.

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Activity 23 Food from around the world

Timing: You should allow 10 minutes

Link the following foods to their countries of origin, and definitions.



GoulashHungaryStew flavoured with paprika
ShishTurkeyBarbecued mince meat
Korma CurryIndiaSpices with cream and meat or vegetables
CouscousNorth AfricaSteamed semolina with spicy meat
DimsumChinaSteamed dumplings
SushiJapanPieces of fish on rice
Nasi GorengMalaysiaFried rice dish with egg
BorshtRussiaSoup made from beetroot

Activity 24 Traditional food from abroad

Timing: You should allow 15 minutes

Choose one of the five countries listed below, and write down at least three foods or drinks that you associate with that country.

  • France

  • Italy

  • Spain

  • Germany

  • Mexico.

Activity 25 Foreign delicacies – points of view

Timing: You should allow 15 minutes

Across the world, there are some dishes that might appear unusual, such as insects, snails, monkeys, etc. Have you heard of food from around the world that you would not eat? Write these down and provide reasons for your decisions. You may want to discuss your views using the Comments section below.

Activity 26 Things aren't always as they seem

Timing: You should allow 15 minutes

Have another look at the Great British Menu.

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Can you think of any reasons why a tourist might not want to eat anything on the menu? Again, you may want to discuss your views using the Comments section below.


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