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27,000 travellers voted Japanese as 3rd best cuisine when on holiday

Japanese food on the tip of the world’s tongue

Japanese food could one day rule the world after being voted global travellers’ third favourite culinary delight, a new worldwide food survey from reveals. The survey, which questioned more than 27,000 travellers, shows there is now tough competition for more traditional favourites such as Italian and French cuisine from food from the Far East.

Although international travellers do still favour Italian (32%) and French (24%) cuisine, with them taking first and second spot in the rankings, the dishes from the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ Japan are gaining in popularity with more cosmopolitan palates. Eighteen percent of all people surveyed favoured Sushi, Tempura, Ramen and Japanese Soba, particularly when it comes to fine dining.

"Japanese food is seen as great example of healthy eating and there are a variety of Japanese restaurants in every multicultural capital," said Alison Couper from "I’m a big fan of Japanese and not surprised at its elevated ranking. The fact that it beat more traditional holiday dishes such as Tapas and Burritos is testament to the world class reputation of Japanese chefs."

Several other Asian countries appear in the Top Ten list, including China (13%), Thailand (8%), Taiwan and India (5%). The popularity of Paella and Tapas could have contributed to Spain clinching fifth place (11%) on the list, while those who love Burger and Fries have helped the USA secure sixth place (10%) in the table.

The world’s best food when on holiday
1. Italy, 32%
2. France, 24%
3. Japan, 18%
4. China, 13%
5. Spain, 11%
6. USA, 10%.
7. Mexico 8%
8. Thailand, 8%
9. Taiwan, 5%
10. India, 5%