Australian’s rank Chinese cuisine as their favourite, Roy Morgan Research

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 23rd May 2016

Chinese food remains Australia’s favourite cuisine four years running says a new report from Roy Morgan Research.

According to Roy Morgan, 2015 marked the fourth year in a row the Asian cuisine came out on top with 70.4 per cent of Aussies 14 + saying they enjoy the cuisine

This is slightly less than the 73.6 per cent who said they liked eating Chinese it in 2011.

In 2015, 62.9 per cent of Australians said they liked Italian and 57.1 per cent said they would happily eat Thai.

Approximately 42 per cent enjoy Mexican, 37.9 per cent eat Japanese and 34.1 will have a Greek meal.

The least popular cuisines in 2015 included “other Asian” foods (which include Vietnamese, Indonesia, Malaysian and Korea). Only 25.6 per cent said they like Lebanese food whilst last place went to French with just 25.4 per cent reporting they enjoy it.

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Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January-December 2015 (n=15,367).

Chinese was the favourite cuisine for all generations, yet there was some generational differences when it came to second preferences.

“Pre-Baby Boomers”, for example, are dramatically less likely to enjoy Thai, Indian, Mexican and Japanese.

Gen X are more likely to enjoy Italian, Greek, Thai and Lebanese whilst Gen Y like to eat Japanese, “other Asian”, Indian, Mexican and French food.

Communications Industry Director at Roy Morgan Research, Norman Morris, said it was no surprise Chinese continues to be Australia’s favourite cuisine.

“Chinese continues to be the population’s favourite, which is not so surprising, considering that it’s been part of Australia’s culinary tradition since the Gold Rush, when Chinese migrants set up cookhouses in the goldfields,” Morris said.

“Italian cuisine occupies a similarly well-established place in our hearts, having been popularised by post-war Italian migrants, while the other cuisines not only reflect the evolving ethnic make-up of Aussie society in the 21st century, but also cater to our ongoing obsession with all things food-related (the continued popularity of cooking reality TV shows being just one example of this),” he said.