Chatterbox #290 – Is bread the world’s favourite food?

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Bread is a staple around the world. Every culture has its own version or style, from India’s naan to Brazil’s pão de queijo. In today’s episode, Andrew and Anna chat about bread and what makes it so delicious (and popular).

The Chatterbox series is designed for intermediate and advanced English learners. Each episode features natural, unedited conversations between native speakers, so you can build your English vocabulary while learning about interesting topics, like bread.

Fun facts

Bread was once used as an eraser. Prior to the 1770s—and the creation of today’s modern erasers—people would use de-crusted, moistened, balled-up bread to erase unwanted pencil marks.

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  • Bad press
  • Stumped
  • Nerve racking
  • Across the pond

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3 months ago

I guess, in East Asia, we have a wider definition of bread. Since our staple food is rice, of course, we also consume flour a lot. However, the way we consume it is by making noodles rather than bread. In Japan, my personal favourite is stir-fried noodles bread, which I have to pay extra attention to because of its high calories and too much carb. Thank you so much for picking up such an interesting topic for us.

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3 months ago

Pineapple bun is a traditional HK style bread and it is really common in Macau too. It is very iconic and delicious. I love the top crispy part the most.

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3 months ago

That looks delicious! I’ve never tried one, unfortunately. I always assumed that they were made with pineapple, but from reading the Wikipedia page, I guess they were named after their resemblance to a pineapple. I’m going to have to try and track down some pineapple buns in Seoul and try them out!

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