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Italian cuisine among world’s favourite; Pizza and pasta most popular
Tuesday, 12 March, 2019, 15 : 00 PM [IST]
An international YouGov study of over 25,000 people in 24 countries has found that pizza and pasta were among the most popular foods in the world, as Italian cuisine beats all comers.

Respondents were asked which of 34 national cuisines they had tried and whether they liked or disliked them, and Italian food was the most well-liked. The cuisine received an average popularity score of 84 per cent across the 24 nations studied.

Patriotically, the biggest fans of Italian food are Italians themselves, with 99 per cent enjoying their national cuisine. Other big fans include Spaniards (94 per cent of those who tried it say they liked it) and the French (92 per cent), while the least impressed by Italian food were the Chinese (59 per cent).

Second place behind Italian food goes to Chinese cuisine, which scored, on an average, 78 per cent across the countries surveyed. It is liked by 95 per cent of Chinese people, with Singaporeans (94 per cent of those who have tried it say they like it) and people from Hong Kong (91 per cent) also being fans. The cuisine is least popular in Saudi Arabia (54 per cent) and Indonesia (57 per cent).

The world’s third most popular cuisine is Japanese, scoring an average of 71 per cent across the 24 nations. Aside from the 94 per cent of Japanese people who like it, 94 per cent of Singaporeans who have tried it also do, as well as 93 per cent of the people of Hong Kong. Once again, it is the Saudi Arabians who are the least enamoured, with only 43 per cent enjoying it.

At the bottom of the table comes Peruvian cuisine, which received an average score of only 32 per cent. Scoring only fractionally higher (and rounding to the same percentage score) was Finnish cuisine.

It should be pointed out, however, that Finland was one of the countries surveyed but Peru was not, meaning that the loyal 94 per cent of Finns who like their own country’s cuisine was enough to give them the edge. Had the study included Peruvian opinions, Finnish cuisine would likely have come bottom.

The lowest opinion any nation had for another nation’s cuisine was Japan towards Saudi Arabian cuisine, with just 11 per cent of Japanese people who have tried it saying that they liked it.

The survey found that Japanese people were the harshest food critics of any nation surveyed. Of the 34 cuisines in the study, 23 scored less than 50 per cent among Japanese respondents. On an average, only 39 per cent of Japanese people said they liked any given foreign food.

By contrast, it was the Filipinos who were the most likely to appreciate international cuisine. An average of 67 per cent of Filipinos who had tried any given cuisine said they liked it, with only five types of food being liked by fewer than half.

Indian food all the way!
Indian cuisine was among the top 10 popular cuisines in the world, standing at number nine, with an average popularity score of 62 per cent across 24 countries.

Other than their own cuisine, which 93 per cent of Indians claimed to like, they were also found to have a palate for Italian (80 per cent), Chinese (77 per cent) and American cuisines (75 per cent). However, Indians have lower tolerance for Norwegian, Filipino, Finnish and Peruvian cuisines.

While 77 per cent Singaporeans and 70 per cent Malaysians like Indian cuisine, the rest of South-East Asia has a lower preference for our food. Forty-nine per cent of Indonesians and 44 per cent of Vietnamese who have tasted the food claimed to like it.

However, Thais held the cuisine in disdain, with only 27 per cent who tried it stating they liked it. However, it was actually China that had the least liking for Indian food, with only 26 per cent saying they liked it.

Indian cuisine was more warmly received in the European countries, with over half the people in the surveyed countries saying they liked it. It is particularly popular in Britain (84 per cent of those who have tried it said they liked it), Norway (75 per cent), France and Finland (71 per cent).

Nearly three quarters (74 per cent) of Australians were fans of Indian cuisine. Even in the Middle-Eastern countries, Indian food was a hit, with 76 per cent in Saudi Arabia and 71 per cent in the UAE (United Arab Emirated) saying they liked it.
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