又中又英——When food is bite-sized...

  As I said in my previous column, I recently went to an American-style restaurant where I ate too much! The restaurant is called Wolfies Grill in Indianapolis where my elder sister and her husband live. Wolfies has several levels with a scenic (picturesque, beautiful) view of a reservoir. It has an extensive menu, which means the menu has many things to choose from. Wolfies has different types of hamburger, pizza, steak, sandwiches, and fish. We began with drinks to enjoy the view. My sister had red wine, her husband had whiskey, and I chose a gin martini with olives. In the US, drinks are very large, almost like two drinks in Hong Kong.

  We ordered an interesting appetizer called Boom Boom. An appetizer is a small dish of food before the main dish to stimulate the appetite. The Boom Boom appetizer contained bite-sized pieces of lightly-battered fried cauliflower. It was smothered with a delicious sauce. The word "smother" can be used in many ways but used this way it means to cover food completely with sauce. When food is bite-sized it means it is small enough to eat in one mouthful. The word "batter" has several meanings but used this way it means a semiliquid mixture of eggs, flour, and milk or water to cover the surface of food before frying.

  If food is lightly-battered, it means very little batter is used. For our main dish, my sister had fish and chips. My brother-in-law and I had grilled salmon. Mine came with rice and broccoli. He preferred a salad instead of rice. My sister's dish was too large and she took some home. I don't normally eat much but finished my dish except for the broccoli. I don't like broccoli. Both my brother-in-law and I ordered another round of drinks to enjoy the night view. Wolfies has good food and a scenic view at an affordable price. It was full the evening we went and we had to wait for a table but it was worth the wait.

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  正如我在上一篇文章中所說,我最近去了一間美式餐廳,吃得太多!那間名為 「胡菲士燒烤」(Wolfies Grill)的餐廳位於印第安納波利斯,就是我胞姐跟姐夫住的城市。胡菲士餐廳有幾個樓層,可飽覽風景秀麗的(scenic)水塘景致。胡菲士有extensive menu,即是說餐單食物種類繁多,提供不同的選擇。它有不同種類的漢堡包、薄餅、牛扒、三文治和魚。我們以飲品開始,邊喝邊欣賞景致。我姐喝紅酒,她丈夫喝威士忌,我則點了加橄欖的氈酒馬天尼。在美國,飲品份量都很大,一杯差不多是香港兩杯飲料的份量。

  我們點了一個有趣的前菜(appetizer)叫 Boom Boom。An appetizer就是主菜上枱前用來開胃的小碟食物。那個開胃小吃(appetizer)Boom Boom是一些輕輕裹了炸漿(lightly-battered)、能一口吃下的(bite-sized)小塊炸椰菜花,並浸泡(smothered)在非常美味的醬汁裏。Smother可以有許多用法,但在這裏是指用醬汁完全浸泡着食物。若說那道菜是bite-sized,意即它小塊得能一口吃下。Batter也有幾個意思,在這裏是指在油炸前用來包裹食物表面、以蛋、麵粉和奶或水混合而成的麵漿。

  若食物是lightly-battered,意即它只是用上了很少的麵漿(batter)。我們的主菜方面,我姐叫了炸魚薯條,姐夫和我則點了烤三文魚;我的是配飯和西蘭花,他則偏好沙律多於飯。我姐姐的那碟太大份了,不得不打包一點回家。我平常沒有吃那麼多,但除了西蘭花,主菜的食物都吃光了。我不喜歡西蘭花。我和我姐夫都點了另一轉飲品,邊喝邊觀賞夜景。胡菲士餐廳有美味的食物和風景優美的(scenic)景觀,價錢亦相當合宜。我們去的那個晚上,餐廳座無虛席,我們也要等候入座,但也是值得等待的。中譯:七刻

Michael Chugani 褚簡寧


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