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cuisine • green vegetable • bitter
chop up • marinate
  1. Green beans are my favorite .
  2. The first thing to do is some onion and garlic.
  3. What is Thai like?
  4. It's better if you the meat before you cook it.
  5. The lemon peel adds a little flavor.
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97 Japanese Salad
Hisa gives a recipe for a unique kind of Japanese salad that she makes.

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I use a lot of vegetables in my cuisine.

Your 'cuisine' is the food that you eat, your cooking style or your diet. Notice the following:

  1. Very few people know about Cambodian cuisine.
  2. I really love Italian cuisine.

green vegetables

I use different kinds of green vegetables for salad.

'Green vegetables' are vegetables that have a green color like lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cucumbers, etc. Notice the following:

  1. The salad is full of green vegetables.
  2. You need to eat green vegetables because they contain a lot of iron.


You have to peel this vegetable thick, because the outside is quite bitter.

If something is bitter it has an intense, sharp taste, which many people consider to be unpleasant.  Examples of bitter foods would be orange peel, olives, or the flavor of an aspirin. Notice the following:

  1. The soup actually tastes a little bitter.
  2. Bitter things make my mouth feel tight.

slice up, chop up

Slice up the vegetables, and chop up some ginger.

To 'slice' something is to cut it carefully into longer pieces, like how you would cut cheese or tomato for a sandwich.  When you 'chop' something you cut it more roughly into very small pieces like garlic when you are going to cook it. Notice the following:

  1. I am going to slice up some ham.  Do you want some?
  2. Will you chop up the onions for the sauce?


Sometimes, you can marinate the ingredients, if you like.

When you 'marinate' something you put it with a flavorful liquid in a bowl and keep it there for hours to absorb the flavor. Notice the following:

  1. Next time I will marinate the chicken a little longer.
  2. The marinated vegetables were delicious.