Takeaway, draw a map of British food culture

The newly re-elected British Conservative Prime Minister Johnson “complained” in a video trailer during the campaign that the biggest surprise he felt after becoming prime minister in July was “I cannot order Thai food delivery because of security issues. Enter 10 Downing Street. ” In fact, whether he is a supporter of Johnson or not, the British can appreciate his mood, because ordering takeaway is too important for them. Every British person spends about 109 pounds a month on takeaway. In the United Kingdom “Takeaway United Kingdom”, people have not been hungry for long but just sack sandwiches.

Although fish and chips, haggis (Scottish cuisine made from lamb stomach, sheep heart, lamb lung, sheep liver, etc.), curry chicken nuggets are still British’s proud “national cuisine”, but with Exotic takeaways-Indian Curry Rice, Thai Fried Noodles, and Paella are also among the favorites. British people who pay attention to word of mouth recommendations will pay attention to the annual British takeaway rankings published and taste them one by one in order. In the 2018 rankings, ThaiMetro, located in Fitzwilliam, London, is the top 12,000 restaurants and takeaways in the UK. Thai dishes-Tom Yum Goong soup, drunk noodles, pineapple fried rice, etc. are the most popular. British hamburger iron powders have pushed the Benz Burgers burger shop in Colburn, northwest London, to the second place in the UK for takeaway.

Among the top ten takeaways, HomeWok in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, MishMash in Birmingham in the central UK, OrientalChef in Nottingham, and MrChans in East London are all Chinese takeaways. Big data tells us that Chinese food is the takeaway favorite of British people. According to a survey conducted by market research consultancy Min‚ĀÉtel, 78% of the respondents had eaten Chinese food at home in the 3 months before the survey, and 12% of them ate Chinese takeaway at least once a week.

In the 30 billion pounds of takeaway last year, the British ordered more than 600 million takeaways for Chinese food, ranking first among all kinds of takeaways. The local Chinese say that there are two kinds of Chinese food in the UK-one is the hometown taste made by the Chinese for themselves, and the other is the Chinese food familiar to the local British, and the Chinese takeout is often ordered by the British Mostly. Shrimp slices, spring rolls, grilled pork ribs, grated chicken, fried rice, fried noodles, these improved British Chinese foods are the dishes that takeaway shops need to process the most every day. In English villages and towns that usually have 20,000 or 10,000 people, there are three or five Chinese food take-out restaurants, which are the main competitors of local fish and chips shops.

In the takeaway industry, Italian pizza is considered the most obvious “regression”. In recent years, its market share of takeaway sales has been declining at a rate of 2% to 3% each year. The reason is that British diners believe that it is still a matter of money. In the past, when I ordered pizza for takeaway, I always used to order some appetizers such as fried chicken wings and fried onion rings, which together tasted better and filled more, but the cost can easily exceed 20 pounds. Chinese takeaway usually costs 10 pounds. Open the lunch box and everything tastes good.

The taste of takeaway from the British can also draw an interesting map of British food culture-Brighton people in the south always love KFC fried chicken. The northern Manchester still insists on taking out hamburgers. As for the central Birmingham people, most of them are still sticking to fish and chips. However, with the new generation of economic independence and independent life entering the society, a variety of take-away varieties and points of take-out methods have become a new trend in British takeaway culture. Traditional Chinese food, Japanese food, Korean food, Indian curry, Thai food, Mediterranean snacks, Caribbean chicken, Brazilian food, American food, French food, Greek food, British food, Italian food, Portuguese food, Turkish food … Generations love everything.