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The first one would be bakwa. It's actually a Chinese New Year favorite for Chinese. It's barbecued pork. They usually come in squares, and it's sort of colored red, very juicy and if you get them fresh from the shop it should be delicious.
Okay, the next one you should definitely try is Hainanese chicken rice. It's just steamed white chicken with rice. It sounds boring, but it tastes great, and if the chicken is done well it should be really tender and you should see a layer of gelatin between the skin and the meat. And the rice, the focus, 'cause you can tell a good chicken rice stall from a bad chicken rice stall from how they make their rice.
The next one is frog’s legs porridge. Frog's legs might not sound very safe but I assure you it tastes really good. The best ones are usually found in clay pots, and the Chinese like to eat it with preserved eggs.
The next one is an Indian dish. It's called prata, and I like prata because of the display of skill the chef has to show when he makes prata. He sort of spins dough around and flips it. It's really cool. And the best ones, you have to eat them with fish curry.
The next one is rice dumplings. Easy to identify because they come in a pyramid shape wrapped in bamboo leaves. The inside is glutinous rice, and sometimes it's sweet or it could be savory.
The last one is Nasi Lemak. It's actually a Malay dish. It's basically coconut rice with chicken wings or otak which is like a spicy fish cake.
And those are the dishes of Singapore.
you should definitely (verb) if you have the opportunity.
You should definitely try if you have the opportunity.
We use “you should definitely” to make a strong suggestion to do something. Opportunity = chance. Here are two more examples using this phrase:
- You should definitely study abroad if you have the opportunity.
- While in Indonesia, you should definitely visit Bali if you have the opportunity.
you can tell a good chicken rice stall
“You can tell” means you can guess some information about someone or something from other information. In this mixer, you can guess which chicken stall is better by how they make their rice. Notice the following:
- You can tell a good restaurant from a bad one by how many people are eating there.
- You can tell an expensive MP3 player from a cheap one by the sound.
I assure you it tastes really good.
We use “I assure you” when we want people to trust our opinion. See the examples below:
- You should definitely try the curry chicken. I assure you it’s delicious.
- If you visit the Eiffel Tower, you should take the lift to the top. I can assure you the view is amazing!
He sort of spins dough around and flips it.
“Sort of” is a phrase we use when we want to talk about someone or something but maybe we don’t know the correct vocabulary. Here are two example sentences with “sort of”:
- She’s tall and pretty with sort of brown, yellow hair.
- Thailand has these cheap taxis called tuk-tuks. They are sort of like, umm…, a three wheeled motorcycle car.
It's basically coconut rice with chicken wings.
We use “basically” to talk about something in an easy way. Nasi Lama has other spices for example, but here, Jingwei talks about the two main ingredients. Notice the examples:
- Spaghetti is basically noodles and tomato sauce.
- The new Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz movie is basically an action comedy about two people running from the law.