又中又英｜melt in your mouth
When I lived in London, Washington DC, and Seattle I often went to Greek restaurants. Greek cuisine has been influenced by Middle Eastern, Turkish, and Italian cultures. Hong Kong doesn’t have many Greek restaurants. Most Hong Kong people prefer Chinese food. When they eat Western food they usually choose French or Italian cuisines or steak restaurants. They should try Greek cuisine or cook Greek dishes themselves! I sometimes cooked Greek dishes when I lived in Washington DC. One of the dishes I used to cook was beef stifado. It is a traditional Greek beef stew. Beef stifado is made with cubed beef, pearl onions or shallots (type of small onion), tomato paste, red wine vinegar, beef broth, garlic, olive oil, bay leaves, and seasonings including oregano, salt, and pepper.
The ingredients are separately stir-fried with olive oil. Tomato paste, red wine vinegar, beef broth, seasonings, and the beef are then all put into a skillet and cooked for about an hour in low heat. The beef becomes so soft it melts in your mouth! If food melts in your mouth it means it is soft, tender and delicious. This dish can be served with rice, pasta, or potatoes. One of the most popular Greek dishes is souvlaki. This dish is usually made with pork but beef or lamb can be used. The small pieces of meat are put in a marinade, then grilled on a skewer.
The word “marinade”, as I explained before, means a sauce usually made with olive oil, vinegar, spices and herbs. A skewer is a long and thin stick of metal or wood used for holding pieces of food. Souvlaki can be eaten with vegetables or in a pita bread. Tzatziki is a classic Greek dip eaten as an appetizer with bread or pita bread. It is made with Greek yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, and fresh dill, which is a kind of herb. I can’t get enough of tzatziki. If you can’t get enough of something it means you like it a lot and want more.