TOPIC 12 – Talk about your favorite dessert

TOPIC 12 – Talk about your favorite dessert.

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Alice (English US)

George (English US)


What is it?

Where do you eat it?

When do you especially like eating it?

What do other people think about it?

Why do you like this dessert more than others?


I am currently living and working in the city center of Ho Chi Minh City, a major urban area in Vietnam. As a result, there are countless bakeries for me to choose from. Honestly, I I don’t have a sweet tooth because they have a negative impact on health and can lead to serious  diseases such as diabetes, weight gain, and so on. However, after sêing this topic, Vietnamese cheesecake comes to my mind. I think the first time I had this dessert was when I was a child, maybe 7 or 8 years old.

Vietnamese cheesecake is usually a round, flat cake with Graham crackers. The main layer is made of cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and maybe some other ingredients.

On top, people will put some fruits, some kind of chocolate, or fruit syrup.

I usually eat it either at home or at a restaurant. The reason is that my mother knows how to make it. She knows it’s my favorite cake, so she prepares it for special occasions like my birthday party.

I have several chances to eat cheesecake at some restaurants in my city; I always go for it instead of any other desserts on the menu.

Last time, I believe I had it at a local pastry shop called ABC Bakery, just down the road from my apartment.

I do believe that most people love eating cheesecake as well. Not only because of its delectable sweet flavor, but it’s also a light cake compared to some others, like a chocolate cake. and it is easy to digest. That’s why I like eating it, especially in the afternoon after my main meal.

What makes it unique is that it has a sweet flavor and a little sour flavor, which makes many people like it.

Whenever I meet with my friends or talk with others about cheesecake, They always agree that they really love it as well.

Every time I enjoy it, it satisfies my taste buds. That is why I am really into it.


Alice (English US)

George (English US)

  1. In general, has people’s consumption of sweets and cakes increased or decreased over the past few decades?

Definitely, I reckon that people these days eat a lot more sugar and sweets than they did in past generations because of the availability of sugar. There are more chocolates and candies available in stores than ever before.

In my local store, there are two aisles full of cakes, chocolates, and candy.

In the past, people ate these types of foods maybe once a week. However, nowadays, people are eating them often, even several times a day.

  1. Could you elaborate on it a bit?

Yes, in my childhood years, my parents restricted me to eating candies or cakes once or twice a week. But these days, I find myself eating several bars of chocolate a day.

  1. Too many sweets can cause health issues for people. Do you agree with this statement? Why, why not?

Yes, I concur with this because the facts are proven.

Some medical reports suggest that eating a lot of refined sugars can lead to health problems like type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular diseases and so on.

  1. Certain types of sweets and cakes can be very expensive. What do you think contributes to the high price of some confectionaries?

It’s a tough question.

The reason why some cakes and confectionaries can be in high price ranges because of various reasons.

Firstly, the ingredients needed to make them are pricey, such as real vanilla extract.

Secondly, the amount of training and effort needed to prepare these cakes extensively because I know that some pastry chefs go to school for many years to master their skills.

  1. Is it worth the cost?

Yes, it’s worth every penny.

Whenever a person finds a good pastry shop, they can enjoy those sweets, their texture, and their flavor. It’s absolutely divine. It can be worth what they’re asking.

  1. How have food preparation practices improved over the decades?

There has been significant development, especially with the technologies that’s being used to prepare foods, such as kitchen appliances, blenders, mixers, and for instance, ovens give chefs a lot more control over timing and heat. Thereby, chefs can make their meals exactly what they want and produce better flavors as well.

  1. Do you think that any changes have been for the worse?

That’s an interesting question.

Perhaps not with the tools, but rather with the ingredients. There have been certain changes that are negative, especially in the flavor of a lot of the base ingredients.

In the past, there was a lot of organic food available to cook, such as meat from farms and real fruits and vegetables that weren’t genetically modified.

These days, it’s really difficult for chefs to produce the same flavors as in the past.

  1. Some people say that the tradition of quality home-cooked meals is slowly disappearing. Why is this?

I reckon that there are several reasons for it.

Firstly, the pace of life has really increased in a lot of parts of the world, which means many people are tied up with their work and don’t have much time to cook at home.

Second, cooking skills haven’t been passed down from generation to generation over the last 30 to 40 years.

Lastly, it’s more expensive to cook at home because good ingredients cost more than they used to.

  1. What can be done to encourage people to bake or cooke more?

In my opinion, People can be educated about the benefits of cooking at home

Like gaining more respect for food when we interact with it in the kitchen. Or we should spend more time with our families in the process of cooking and eating as well.

Lastly, Governments and schools can focus on letting people know that cooking at home can lead to happier and healthier life

  1. How would it impact society if people cook more at home?

The major benefit we can see is that  More people will be healthier and happier because they  pay more attention to what they eat.

In the short term, it has negative effect on hospitality industry , as people spend less money in the restaurants.


  1. have a sweet tooth –idiom- (/hæv ə swiːt tuːθ/): có sở thích ăn đồ ngọt.
    Example: She has a sweet tooth and always craves chocolate and desserts.
  2. Graham crackers (/ˈɡreɪəm ˈkrækərz/): bánh quy Graham.
    Example: We used Graham crackers to make the crust for the cheesecake.
  3. be made of (/biː meɪd ʌv/): được làm từ.
    Example: The table is made of solid oak.
  4. fruit syrup (/fruːt ˈsɪrəp/): si-rô trái cây.
    Example: I drizzled some fruit syrup over my pancakes for extra sweetness.
  5. a pastry shop (/ə ˈpeɪstri ʃɑːp/): một cửa hàng bánh ngọt.
    Example: The pastry shop sells a variety of delicious pastries and cakes.
  6. just down the road from (/dʒʌst daʊn ðə rəʊd frɒm/): ngay bên đường từ.
    Example: The supermarket is just down the road from my house.
  7. Delectable-adj- (/dɪˈlɛktəbl/): ngon lành, thú vị.
    Example: The restaurant serves delectable dishes that are a treat for the taste buds.
  8. to digest –v- (/tuː daɪˈdʒɛst/): tiêu hóa.
    Example: It takes a few hours to digest a heavy meal.
  9. Flavor –n- (/ˈfleɪvər/): hương vị.
    Example: The soup has a rich and savory flavor.
  10. satisfy taste buds (/ˈsætɪsfaɪ teɪst bʌdz/): làm hài lòng vị giác.
    Example: The spicy curry satisfied my taste buds with its bold flavors.
  11. restrict sb to sth (/rɪˈstrɪkt sʌmbədi tuː sʌmθɪŋ/): hạn chế ai đó đến một điều gì đó.
    Example: The doctor restricted him to a low-sodium diet to manage his blood pressure.
  12. cardiovascular diseases (/ˌkɑːrdiəʊˈvæskjʊlər dɪˈziːzɪz/): các bệnh tim mạch.
    Example: Regular exercise can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  13. confectionery –n-(/kənˈfɛkʃənəri/): ngành sản xuất bánh kẹo.
    Example: She works in a confectionery and creates beautiful cakes and chocolates.
  14. it’s worth every penny- idiom- : đáng giá từng đồng.
    Example: The quality of the product is excellent, and it’s worth every penny.
  15. Texture-n- (/ˈtɛkstʃər/): kết cấu, cấu trúc.
    Example: The ice cream has a smooth and creamy texture.
  16. It’s absolutely divine (/ɪts ˈæbsəluːtli dɪˈvaɪn/): Nó thật tuyệt vời.
    Example: The chocolate cake is absolutely divine, with its rich flavor and moist texture.
  17. organic food (/ɔːˈɡænɪk fuːd/): thực phẩm hữu cơ.
    Example: They prefer to buy organic food because it is free from pesticides and chemicals.
  18. genetically modified food (/dʒiːˈnɛtɪkli ˈmɒdɪfaɪd fuːd/): thực phẩm biến đổi gen.
    Example: There is an ongoing debate about the safety of genetically modified food.
  19. pass down (/pæs daʊn/): truyền lại, kế thừa.
    Example: The family recipe has been passed down from generation to generation.
  20. hospitality industry (/ˌhɒspɪˈtælɪti ˈhɪndəstri/): ngành công nghiệp dịch vụ lưu trú.
    Example: The hospitality industry includes hotels, restaurants, and tourism services.


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