And 15% think that the Vietnamese noodle soup Pho is a type of exotic fish.
Researchers from Deliveroo polled 1500 Britons and asked them to identify some of the world’s most famous foods. The study was commissioned by Deliveroo to mark their Taste Tour campaign where people can win the chance to experience their favourite dishes in the food capitals of the world.
When it comes to the Middle Eastern Falafel, a patty made of ground chickpeas, 5% thought it was the name of a Russian poet, while a mechanically-minded 3% said it was a vital component in a jet engine.
However, 86% of Brits said they had international tastes when it comes to food, while a further 73% said they would consider themselves quite or very knowledgeable about food.
The Japanese staple Ramen, a meat or fish broth, was also the subject of confusion with 24% thinking it was a religious festival, while 13% thought it was an Egyptian Pharo. 4% believed Ramen was a position in the sexual guide book the Kama Sutra.
A spokesperson for Deliveroo said, “The results of this research show that while many Britons can’t identify a falafel or an enchilada – our love for world foods is on the rise, with 86% of us now enjoying international food regularly.”
"We’re launching our Taste Tours campaign to celebrate the world of food that is at our fingertips, so if you order a Mexican you could win a trip to Mexico.“
The survey also revealed that 12% of Brits thought the Thai hot and sour soup Tom Yum Goong was a form of deadly martial art, while 11% thought he was up and coming snooker star from the Far East. It also asked Brits to choose from a selection of options what an Enchilada might be, with 6% insisting it’s an animal found in the jungles of South America.
The Gumbo stew which is popular in the southern states of the US has been thought to be the brother of Disney’s Dumbo, while 3% thought it was the nickname of a neighbourhood in New York.
When it comes to the styles of food, Chinese is in top with 58%, followed by Italian with 56%, Indian with 50%, American with 35%, and Mexican with 34%.
The average Brit spends £86 a month on takeaways, with London emerging as the takeaway capital spending £107 a month, followed by the folk of Edinburgh who spend £92 a month, and Brummies who splash out £89.
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