The Reading / Listening - Street Food - Level 1

A street-food seller wants to give back a top chef's award. The seller, Jay Fai, 72, is known as the "crab omelet queen". Her street stall is in the middle of Bangkok. Her omelets are so tasty that the international food guide Michelin gave her a Michelin Star - one of the highest chef's awards. It is usually for chefs in top restaurants. Michelin is adding Bangkok to its food guide. Many people were surprised that a street-food seller got the Michelin Star.



Chefs are usually happy with a Michelin Star, but Jai Fai is not. She wants to return the star. Her life has changed too much. She said she does not like being famous and wants her old life back. She is getting stressed. Tourists take photos, people stop to watch her, and tax officers visited her. Fai said: "Many people come just to look and take pictures and not…to eat." She said happy customers are more important than "a million stars".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Street Food - Level 0 Street Food - Level 2   or  Street Food - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/bangkok-street-vendor-michelin-star-raan-jay-fai-give-back-a8150341.html
  • http://nationalpost.com/life/food/why-bangkoks-michelin-starred-street-vendor-wants-to-give-back-her-star
  • https://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/bangkok-crab-omelette-queen-wants-give-back-her-michelin-star


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Jai Fai, 72, is known as the
  2. Her street stall is in the
  3. Her omelets are so
  4. one of the highest chef's
  5. chefs in top
  6. food
  7. Many people were
  8. a street-food seller got
  1. restaurants
  2. surprised
  3. middle of Bangkok
  4. the Michelin Star
  5. tasty
  6. awards
  7. "crab omelet queen"
  8. guide

Paragraph 2

  1. Her life has changed
  2. wants her old life
  3. people stop
  4. tax officers
  5. Many people come
  6. take
  7. She said happy customers
  8. a million
  1. pictures
  2. to watch her
  3. stars
  4. back
  5. are more important
  6. visited her
  7. just to look
  8. too much

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A street-food seller wants to give back a (1) ___________________. The seller, Jai Fai, 72, is known as the "crab omelet queen". Her street stall is (2) ___________________ of Bangkok. Her omelets (3) ___________________ that the international food guide Michelin gave her a Michelin Star - one of the highest chef's awards. It is (4) ___________________ in top restaurants. Michelin is adding Bangkok to (5) ___________________. Many people were surprised that a street-food (6) ___________________ Michelin Star.

Chefs are (7) ___________________ a Michelin Star, but Jai Fai is not. She wants to return the star. Her life has (8) ___________________. She said she does not like being famous and wants her old life back. She (9) ___________________. Tourists take photos, people stop to watch her, (10) ___________________ visited her. Fai said: "Many people come just to (11) ___________________ pictures and not…to eat." She said happy customers are more important than "(12) ___________________ ".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astreet-foodsellerwantstogivebackatopchef'saward.Theseller,JayF
ai,72,isknownasthe"crabomeletqueen".Herstreetstallisinthemiddle
ofBangkok.HeromeletsaresotastythattheinternationalfoodguideMic
helingaveheraMichelinStar-oneofthehighestchef'sawards.Itisusua
llyforchefsintoprestaurants.MichelinisaddingBangkoktoitsfoodguid
e.Manypeopleweresurprisedthatastreet-foodsellergottheMichelin
Star.ChefsareusuallyhappywithaMichelinStar,butJaiFaiisnot.Shew
antstoreturnthestar.Herlifehaschangedtoomuch.Shesaidshedoesn
otlikebeingfamousandwantsheroldlifeback.Sheisgettingstressed.To
uriststakephotos,peoplestoptowatchher,andtaxofficersvisitedher.F
aisaid:"Manypeoplecomejusttolookandtakepicturesandnot…toeat."
Shesaidhappycustomersaremoreimportantthan"amillionstars".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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