We all like exciting foreign foods. However, I wonder if Brits do so more than others.
As early as 2001, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has declared that chicken tikka masala is the national dish of UK (being extremely popular). Despite that we can debate its invention origin, chicken tikka masala is not a classical British dish.
In 2009, a trend can be seen.
"During 2007 and 2008, sales of Chinese stir fry sales rose 37 per cent and Chinese cooking sauces 13 per cent while ready meals fell 7 per cent. For Indian food, spices and other accompaniments were up 11 per cent and ready meals down 2 per cent."
In 2012, a new poll came out to show that the most popular dish in Britain now is the Chinese stir fry (granted that it is not a single dish). Not only it is popular in consumption, but it is actually the most popular home cook meal in Britain:
"The simplistic Cantonese dish, typically full of fresh vegetables and noodles, is now the most frequently cooked meal in the UK."
"A national market research study by Food Network UK has revealed Britain’s most-loved food.
In top position for favourite dish is Chinese stir-fry"
"According to the study, it has replaced chicken tikka masala as our favourite international meal."
So why is that? Why are the Brits so open to foreign/international food? So much so, the international dishes rival and surpass the classical British dishes?
Or is it because British people do not like their classical foods? I mean. You won't think the French or Italian people will welcome Indian/Chinese foods to nearly the same degree.
Or is it because Brits do not think the traditional British foods are very healthy?
Thanks for your thoughts.