#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
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
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.
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.