IELTS Cue Card Sample 300 - Describe a foreign food that you would like to try

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

Describe a foreign food that you would like to try.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how you learned about this food
  • where it is mostly taken

and explain why you want to try this foreign food.

Model Answer 1:
There is a foreign food that I would really like to try, but I wonder if my choice will surprise you?  I will tell you what it is, how I learned about it, where it is mostly eaten and explain why I want to taste it so badly.

The food is…. Pizza!  Now, of course, this is a food that you can buy all over the world, and I really enjoy the pizza that I can buy in my home country which is England in the UK.  However, I recently learned from a friend that the style of pizza available here is nothing like the authentic Italian pizza you can get if you visit its country of origin, and since then, it’s one of the things on my bucket list.  That is, something I’d like to do before I die is to travel to Italy, find a local pizzeria and get a really authentic pizza.

So how did I learn what I’ve been missing?  I shop regularly at a local family owned delicatessen.  The proprietor is Italian, and he is a great foody – that is he takes food very seriously, sourcing only the best ingredients. He and his wife are both vegetarian like me, so they often suggest food or recipes.  The other day we were talking and he was bemoaning the lack of ‘proper’ pizzas in this country.  He told me that whilst of course, Italian food is very regional including its pizzas, they are nevertheless distinctive.  All pizzas MUST be cooked in a wood-fired oven for a start, the dough should be tossed by hand.  The pizza should only be made with the very freshest and finest ingredients, and is best eaten outdoors too, of course, against the backdrop of the Italian countryside!

Pizza is eaten everywhere in Italy, though of course approximations of pizza can be bought the world over.  Even so, my deli friend has persuaded me I’ve been missing out, and I’d like to find out for myself how different it might taste if I go for an authentic recipe, venue and location.  I’ve never had a real pizza, and I’ve never been to Italy either, I think it would be a winning combination – not to mention that it would also be a great excuse to go to a beautiful country that I have yet to visit.  What do you think, would you like to come too?

[ Written by - Lucy Marris |  Careers Adviser (UK), TEFL teacher (Vietnam) ] 


Model Answer 2:
I would like to try the Salmon fish with onion and olive oil which is a foreign menu for the people of our country. In our country we do not have the Salmon fish and the finest quality olive oil is imported from Italy. The exotic menu I have mentioned is available only in a five-star hotel in our country. If I get the opportunity someday, I will try this food item.

I learned about this item from a lifestyle & travel related TV channel a few years ago. I was randomly checking the programs of different channels and I noticed this TV channel. The cook described in details how to prepare this food item, what ingredients would be required, how to make it tastier and I watched it all with utmost interest and attention. A few years later I found this menu in a billboard beside a big hotel in our city and at that time I planned to have it. Since it is a foreign food item and available only in this luxurious and expensive hotel, it would be quite expensive for me.

After watching the TV program on cooking, I got interested in this food. Apart from that, I heard that Salmon fish is a very tasty food. The way the TV program presented it was very impressive and extraordinary. This program and their way of cooking grabbed my interest and attention. I would like to taste it mostly because I watched it in a TV program and heard that this is a menu worth trying.


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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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  4. Describe a common food item in your country.
  5. Describe a program you recently watched on TV. 
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