Cue Card 281 - Describe a famous food from your hometown or country

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a famous food from your hometown or country.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • what it tastes like
  • how it is prepared

and explain why this is famous food.


Model Answer 1:

Among many other things, being a proud and privileged Canadian also means that you get to try different kinds of amazing and tasty foods all year round. Today, I would like to talk about one such food which is like a very popular signature dish of Canada.

The name of this famous food is called “Tourtière”. Originating from the Canadian province of Quebec, it is a Canadian meat pie dish that is usually made with minced pork, veal or beef and potatoes. But, even though, it has been originated in French-Canada, it is not exclusive to Quebec only. Rather, this savoury dish is also served all over Canada and its bordering areas of the USA.

Anyway, in order to cook “Tourtiere”, one would need two pie crusts, the meat of choice, some mashed potato, clove, allspice, onion and cinnamon. Then, in a large skillet, heat some olive oil to medium-high. Add your onion, your beef and pork, and let it brown. Break up the meat into small pieces as it cooks. Add the mashed potato and spices. Later, in n a small bowl, whisk together the meat broth and flour together. Pour that into the pan and mix everything until the potato has dissolved into a filling and your broth has thickened. Then place your meat filling on one crust and then cover them the other crust. Later, place your meat pie in a 375˚F oven and bake for 45 – 50 minutes. Viola! Your meat pie should be nice, golden brown and ready to serve! By the way, one would be sure to like its juicy and crunchy taste of the roasted onion and beef/pork. On top of that, the aroma of clove would stimulate your taste bud like nothing else.

Anyway, it is a famous food, mainly because it is used as a staple Christmas dish in pretty much all over Canada. Besides, it is famous because nothing really brings the family together like the unique and delicious taste of “Tourtiere”.


SampleAnswer 2:

Handmade custard is a very popular and tasty food item in my hometown. In fact, the custard of my hometown is popular that, people of all over the country know the famous custard produced in our area. Specially made custard in my hometown is a popular food item in all over the country and this food item is exported even in some foreign countries as well. The custard of my hometown is very tasty and delicious. It is sweet and is a perfect dessert for dinner.

Milk is the main ingredient to prepare the custard. The fine quality milk is collected and preserved for preparing this food item. The milk is mixed with a tiny amount of special seeds and kept in a large pot in a special temperature. Other sweetener items and ingredients are added 3-4 days later and after a week the custard is prepared.

In our country, people have a long tradition of preparing special food items, and different food items from different cities are famous. Because of the availability of quality cow milk and for the inherited tradition and skill, best quality custards are prepared in our city and this is better than the custards made in other parts of the country. Over time, this food item got famous in the whole country and many outlets have been opened for selling this item in the capital of our country. The people of our town adopted the transportation facilities and have started selling it in different parts of the country. Because of the great and incomparable taste, and superiority in quality, this food item of our hometown got renowned all over the country. 


Part 3: Details Discussion:

Q. What are some of the main food products ("foods") that your country produces?

Q. What are some food products that come from different parts of your country?

Q. What widely consumed food products are mainly imported into your country?

Q. Do you think it's important that a country is self-sufficient in food?

Q. Do you think the globalisation of industry and commerce is a good thing?

Q. Do you think every country should make everything it needs or should it import some things?

Q. What are the disadvantages of a country producing everything it needs?


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Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:

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