In Taiwan, we are used to eating rice or noodles as our staple food. In Malawi, because of the different natural environment, corn is the staple food for local people. The country consumes two million tons of corn each year. People in Malawi grind corn into powder. They add water and boil the powder until it turns solid like a cake. This cake is called Nsima. Nsima to the Malawians is like rice to the Taiwanese.
Friends from Malawi say, “To us, having a meal without Nsima is like not having a real meal.” Nsima has a dry texture, so it always goes with sauces. “We grab the food with our fingers. Sometimes when we are too hungry to wait for the dishes to cool down, we get burnt.”
Taiwanese people also find the food culture in Malawi interesting. For example, in Taiwan, when we go to a friend’s house for dinner, we finish everything to show that the food is really delicious. In Malawi, you have to leave some food to show that you are too full to finish everything. So, if you ever have a chance to visit Malawi, don’t forget to follow the local customs when you try the staple food – Nsima!
- staple food (n.) 主食
- consume (v.) 食用；消耗
- texture (n.) 質地
- delicious (adj.) 美味的
- custom (n.) 習俗
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英文翻譯／Sean O’Sullivan & TOEIC900工作團隊