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#FOODNEWS: A Shocking Number of Us Don’t Know What Ramen, Enchiladas, or Falafel Are. Today Is National Pasta Day . . . Here Are Five New Stats on Our Pasta Eating

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A Shocking Number of Us Don’t Know What Ramen, Enchiladas, or Falafel Are

 

This makes me feel slightly better about how clueless WE are about other cultures.  A new survey found 73% of British people think they’re “very” knowledgeable about foreign foods.  But the rest of the results don’t really support that.

 

 

Part of the survey was a multiple-choice quiz with a bunch of foreign terms, followed by possible definitions.  Here are five foods, and what people THOUGHT they meant . . .

 

 

1.  “Enchilada.”  Most people knew that one.  But 6% thought it was an animal found in the jungles of South America.  They were probably thinking of chinchillas.

 

 

2.  “Ramen.”  24% of people said it was the name of a religious festival.  They were probably confusing it with Ramadan.  13% thought it was the name of an Egyptian pharaoh.  And 4% thought it was a position in the Kama Sutra.

 

 

3.  “Tom Yum Goong.”  It’s a type of soup in Thailand.  12% thought it was a form of martial arts.  11% thought it was the name of an Asian pool player.

 

 

4.  The Vietnamese noodle soup “pho”.  (Pronounced “fuh.”)  15% thought it was an exotic fish.  Another 10% thought it was a “Game of Thrones” character.

Today Is National Pasta Day . . . Here Are Five New Stats on Our Pasta Eating

 Today is National Pasta Day, so hopefully you’re carbo-loading for a marathon tomorrow.  Marathons on random Wednesdays in October are totally a thing.

 

 

Anyway, a website called National Today ran a survey about our pasta eating habits in honor of the day.  And here’s what they found . . .

 

 

1.  75% of us eat pasta at least once a week . . . and about 5% eat it DAILY.

 

 

2.  Only 2.8% of us never eat pasta.

 

 

3.  The most popular pasta dish is cavatappi with mussels and fish sauce.  Just kidding.  It’s spaghetti, obviously.

 

 

4.  And the most popular sauce is marinara . . . it got 52% of the vote.  Alfredo sauce came in second, at 44%.

 

 

5.  Thanks to that love of Alfredo sauce, two-thirds of people say they’d rather eat fettuccini Alfredo than mac and cheese.  And nine out of ten people prefer lasagna to baked ziti.

 

 

(National Today)

 

 

5.  “Falafel.”  5% of people said it was the name of a Russian poet.  Another 3% thought it was one of the components in a jet engine.

 

 

There was also one American food on the list.  It was gumbo, and the most common incorrect answer was . . . Dumbo’s brother. 

 

 

(Response Source)