Wonton is Chelsea FC’s new summer signing, a falafel is a vital part of a jet engine, an enchilada is an animal found in South America – and ramen is a position in the Kama Sutra, according to a restaurant survey of the nation.
Researchers from Deliveroo polled Britons and asked them to correctly identify some of the world’s most famous foods with some surprising and often hilarious results.
According to 15% of the nation, the Vietnamese noodle soup Pho is in fact a type of exotic fish, while another 10% thought it was the name of a character from Game of Thrones.
When it came to the Middle Eastern Favourite Falafel – a patty made of ground chickpeas – 5% thought it was the name of a Russian poet, while a mechanically-minded 3% were convinced it was a vital component in a jet engine.
However, despite the culinary blunders, a staggering 86% of Brits said they had international tastes when it comes to food, while a further 73% said they would consider themselves quite or very knowledgeable about food.
The Japanese staple Ramen – a meat or fish broth – was also the subject of much confusion with 24% thinking it was a religious festival, while 13% thought it was an Egyptian Pharo – possibly confusing the name with Rameses.
A more physically-inclined 4%, meanwhile, believed Ramen was a position in the sexual guide book the Kama Sutra.
The study of 1,500 Brits was commissioned by Deliveroo to mark their Taste Tour campaign where people can win the chance to experience their favourite dishes in the food capitals of the world.
A spokesperson for Deliveroo, said: “The results of this research show that while many Britons can’t identify a falafel or an enchilada – our love for world foods is on the rise, with 86% of us now enjoying international food regularly”.
The survey also revealed that 12% of Brits thought the Thai hot and sour soup Tom Yum Goong was a form of deadly martial art, while 11% thought he was up and coming snooker star from the Far East.
The survey also asked Brits to choose from a selection of options what an Enchilada might be, with 6% insisting it’s an animal found in the jungles of South America.
Frito Misto, the Venetian dish of lightly fried fish – was also the subject of much mis-information with 12% thinking it was in fact the Italian for “cold and foggy day.”
A further 5% thought it was a character from the Adventures of Tin Tin, while 4% thought it was the name of a F1 racing driver.
According to the research Gumbo – the stew popular in the southern states of the US – is in fact the brother of Disney favourite Dumbo, while 3% thought it was the nickname of a neighbourhood in New York.
When it comes to the nation’s favourite styles of food, Chinese came top with 58%, followed by Italian, 56%, Indian, 50%, American, 35% and Mexican, 34%.
The average Brit spends £86 a month on take-aways, with London emerging as the take away capital spending £107 a month, followed by the folk of Edinburgh who spend £92 a month, and Brummies who splash out £89.