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Which cuisine do global travelers love the most?
A new survey reveals the foods globetrotters really look forward to when they hit the road
It should come as no surprise the world’s most-visited places also have the best cuisine. After all, nobody wants to eat horrible food on his or her hard-earned vacations.
But of course no cosmopolitan city is limited to its own national dishes. You're just as likely to find a top Italian eatery in Bangkok as you are an incredible Japanese restaurant in London.
So which food do travelers crave the most when on the road?
A recent survey of 27,000 global travelers by Hotels.com shows the traditional European favorites now face a bit of competition, with Asian cuisine rising up the foodie ranks.
Although international travelers still favor Italian (32 percent) and French (24 percent), Japanese food is gaining in popularity, coming in at 18 percent.
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“Japanese food is seen as a great example of healthy eating and there are a variety of Japanese restaurants in every multicultural capital,” said Alison Couper from Hotels.com. “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 cuisines appear in the top 10 list, including Chinese (13 percent), Thai (8 percent), Taiwanese and Indian (5 percent each).
Here’s the full list of the foods international travelers want to eat:
1. Italian: 32 percent
2. French: 24 percent
3. Japanese: 18 percent
4. Chinese: 13 percent
5. Spanish: 11 percent
6. United States: 10 percent
7. Mexican: 8 percent
7. Thai: 8 percent
9. Indian: 5 percent
9. Taiwanese: 5 percent
The survey also asked some travelers to recommend their favorite dishes from their own countries' traditional cuisines.
Surveyed Japanese locals picked sushi as their top dish. (No surprises there.) Here’s the top five:
4. Japanese soba
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The Americans who took part in the survey picked these dishes as their home favorites:
2. Burgers and fries
3. Fried chicken
4. Apple pie
5. Buffalo wings
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They might not be doing any favors for their reputation as one of the world's unhealthiest nations with such choices, but, hey, who can deny the appeal of a thick slab of meat in a bun with a side of greasy fries?
Just look what happened in Singapore when California-born In-N-Out popped into the city to let the locals sample their famed patties. Total. Burger. Mayhem.
What global cuisines do you look forward to sampling when you hit the road? Share your favorites in the comments box below.