Cajun Speak Part 1

In A Truck wants to help you with Cajun pronunciation so we are dividing this up into parts in the mindset of keeping it simple, we call it Cajun Speak Part 1.

We want you to be able to speak and understand Cajun when you order your meal from our truck or in ordering products we will be selling in case you are brave enough to call us on the phone and try speaking Cajun to us over the phone.  No worries, there will be online ordering for the less brave.


We will start with a few simple words here in Part 1 with Part 2 and Part 3 coming over the following weeks.

  • Andouille (ahn-do-ee)     A spicy country sausage used in Gumbo and other Cajun dishes.
  • Bisque (bis-k)     A thick, cream or milk-based shellfish soup, usually made with crawfish, shrimp or oysters.

  • Boudin (boo-dan)     Hot, spicy pork mixed with onions, cooked rice, herbs, and stuffed in sausage casing.

  • Cajun (cay-jun)     Slang for Acadians, the French-speaking people who migrated to South Louisiana from Nova Scotia in the eighteenth century. Cajuns were happily removed from city life preferring a rustic life along the bayous. The term now applies to the people, the culture, and the cooking.

  • Couche-Couche (koosh-koosh)     A popular breakfast food, made by frying cornmeal and topping it with milk and/or cane syrup.

  • Creole (cree-ol)     The word originally described those people of mixed French and Spanish blood who migrated from Europe or were born in Southeast Louisiana and lived as sophisticated city or plantation dwellers. The term has expanded and now embraces a type of cuisine and a style of architecture.

  • Fais do do (fay-doe-doe)     The name for a party where traditional Cajun dance is performed. This phrase literally means "to make sleep," although the parties are the liveliest of occasions with food, music, and dancing.

  • Gumbo (gum-boe)     A thick, robust roux-based soup sometimes thickened with okra or file'. There are thousands of variations, such as shrimp or seafood gumbo, chicken or duck gumbo, okra and file' gumbo.

  • King Cake     A ring shaped oval pastry, decorated with colored sugar in the traditional Mardi Gras colors, purple, green, and gold, which represent justice, faith, and power. A small plastic baby is hidden inside the cake. Tradition requires that the person who gets the baby in their piece must provide the next King Cake.

  • Levee (le-vee)     An embankment built to keep a river from overflowing; a landing place on the river.

  • Pain Perdu (pan-pear-doo)     Means "lost bread"; a breakfast treat made by soaking stale bread in an egg batter, then frying and topping with cane syrup or powdered sugar.

  • Praline (praw-leen)     The sweetest of sweets, this New Orleans tradition is a candy patty made of sugar, cream and pecans.

  • Sauce Piquante (saws-pee-kawnt)     Means "spicy sauce"; is a spicy stew.

  • Zydeco (zi-de-co)     A relatively new kind of Creole dance music that is a combination of traditional Cajun dance music, R&B, and African blues.

No worries - there will be no tests.

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