What is the World’s Favourite Food?

I have no idea, but for a long time I have wanted to get my thoughts about the subject on this blog, in the hope that it might spark debate… Here’s to hoping!…

I suppose the only way you can approach answering this question is by defining what exactly is meant by ‘favourite’. Do we mean specific foodstuff (e.g. broccoli)? Do we mean specific meal (e.g. chilli con carne)? Do we mean specific cuisine (e.g. Italian)? Do we mean favourite according to western tastes, or some sort of snapshot of the whole world? Let me answer that one for you: we are looking for the favourite specific meal (e.g. chilli con carne) for Europe and America. To put it bluntly: the meal that, if the whole of Europe and America were on death row, was asked for the highest number of times as a final meal.

Right, tough one…

The reason I started writing this article was because I was doing some reading up on emergency preparedness (as you do), and I stumbled across an emergency food website specialising in freeze dried food. So I started thinking if I found myself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse and I had to raid my stash of emergency food, would I be happy with chicken korma? This particular website offers the following meals: chicken tikka, chicken korma, spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne, chilli, ‘Mediterranean’ pasta, and macaroni cheese. Is it fair to say that this ‘menu’ is a barometer of what we as a developed race all secretly want to eat all the time? I think so. It is staggering to see the influence that Asian and Mediterranean cooking has had on us all.

But what about hamburgers, pizzas and hot dogs!? Surely THEY are our favourite foodstuffs, right? We are nearly all obese or something ridiculous, and American fast food chains probably have more money than lots of small African countries put together. Are we being turned off food like this as we all become more aware of the longer-term damage it might be doing to us all? No, I don’t think so. I live in London, and there has been an explosion in the popularity of hamburgers, pizzas and hot dogs. Just NOT from the standard offenders: McDonalds, Burger King, Dominos etc. I believe ‘gourmet’ is the expression. Gourmet hot dogs! You better believe it! In fact, hot dogs are so trendy now that they serve them with fine champagne! (Bubbledogs – I’m talking to you).

Personally I think the west’s favourite meal is the hamburger, whether it be Maccy’s most basic or the blue-cheese-and-truffle-oil variety from your local gastropub. Filling, satisfying, nutritionally balanced (yeah, I said it), and portable. Any thoughts?

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