At a recent enkai (welcome party featuring unlimited food and alcohol), I shared the word “yummy” with the group I was with. Everyone was intrigued, and said they hadn’t heard a word other than “delicious” used to describe good food in English. That sparked a conversation on words used round the globe to proclaim one’s approval of a particular dish.
Allow me to share with you the list that I was able to compile based on the knowledge and nationalities represented at our table:
Umai! (Japanese slang)
And of course, don’t forget to thank your food before eating it: Itadakimasu! (Japan)