“Yummy” the World Round

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:

Yummy! (USA)
Umai! (Japanese slang)
Hautzu! (China)
Masarap! (Phillipines)
Mashisoyo! (Korean)
Enak! (Indonesian)

And of course, don’t forget to thank your food before eating it: Itadakimasu! (Japan)

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