Chow mein overtakes Indian curry as UK’s favourite ethnic food

April 2nd, 2009 - 1:37 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 2 (ANI): A new survey has shown that Chinese food has now become Britain’s favourite ethnic cuisine overtaking the Indian curry.

But even though people have picked Chinese food as their preference, both it and the Indian curries have received more votes than any other meal, and as per the choice, they make up 70 percent of the ethnic food market.

Besides the two, Mexican dishes were also prominent in the survey of 1,000 adults with Mexican food increasing in popularity by 20 per cent over the past two years.

The research also revealed that more and more families are turning away from ready-made meals, preferring to create their own healthier versions of meals at home, rather than just popping dishes into the microwave.

The decline in sales of ready-made food has in part been attributed to the economic downtown.

Sales of Chinese stir-fry dishes have risen by 37 percent in the past two years, and cooking sauces for Chinese food are also up by 13 per cent, while Indian food has gone down, with sales falling by 2.6 percent over the past two years.

The survey from consumer analysts Mintel found Britons spent 189 million pounds more on Indian food than on Chinese food in the last year alone.

“The current economic climate seems to be impacting on Brits seeking to recreate the restaurant experience at home,” the Telegraph quoted senior market analyst Emmanuelle Bouvier as saying.

“The initial establishment of popular favourites Chinese and Indian cuisine have led to a broadening of the market and increased popularity of different types of ethnic food.

“Stir-fries tend to be seen as healthy meal solutions that are also convenient while cooking aids, such as pastes and spices, give consumers the freedom to tailor their meals to their taste, which they cannot do with ready meals,” Bouvier added. (ANI)

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