Oriental food booms in Britain

More and more Oriental dishes are now popping up on menus across the country with many Brits finally getting a taste for Japanese and Thai cuisine, according to new stats.
The number of Chinese, Thai and Japanese restaurants in the UK has grown by 18 per cent in the past five years to top the 4,000 mark, with 96 per cent of Brits now having eaten Chinese food either away from the home or as a takeaway.
Perennial favourites Sweet and Sour Chicken and Thai Green Curry were the two most popular Oriental dishes across the UK last year, with sushi also rising in popularity. In fact, the Oriental Food Report from Wing Yip, found that sushi is now the most commonly listed Pan Asian dish on branded menus, where it represents around 25 per cent of all such listings, compared to only 14 per cent two years ago.
Chinese cuisine appears to still be dominating the Oriental food market with 87 per cent of Brits saying they each such dishes, compared to 39 per cent who dine on Thai meals and 20 per cent who enjoy Japanese cuisine.
Analysing the stats, Brian Yip, Managing Director of Wing Yip UK Trading, said: “This report highlights that consumers are becoming far more adventurous in their tastes and with the number of Pan Asian restaurants growing, including some exciting new concepts, the future looks bright for the sector.”
Many Oriental restaurants across the country will be hoping to replicate Aiden Byrne’s success after his Manchester House was recently handed four AA rosettes.
The celebrity Chef and the rest of his staff working in hospitality and catering jobs were awarded for creating a “see-and-be-seen venue for contemporary dining”, while the same honour was also handed out to The Black Swan in North Yorkshire and The Five Fields in London.
By Owen Mckeon
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