Japanese ranked top foreign cuisine in six markets

Kyodo

Japanese food has been ranked as the favorite foreign cuisine in six of the seven Asian, European and American markets subjected to a poll of consumers, the Japan External Trade Organization said Tuesday.

The six markets are China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, France and Italy. In the United States, Japanese food was the third-favorite foreign cuisine.

The quasi-governmental body conducted the Internet-based poll in December, covering a total of 2,800 consumers in their 20s to 50s.

Among the Japanese meals favored in the seven markets were sushi, yakitori and tempura.

Ramen was particularly popular in Asia and the United States, where Japanese ramen restaurant chains have opened stores, while curry and rice, which has been frequently seen in Japanese animations, attracted European consumers.

Sake was rated highly in China and the U.S., while French consumers favored green tea.

Among Japanese food items respondents wanted to try were beef and peaches.