A recent survey has revealed the most popular Thai dish among Australians when ordering from Thai restaurants. The survey involved 527 participants who were asked to select their preferred classic Thai dish.
The results of the survey showed that Pad Thai emerged as the top choice. This well-known dish, cooked in a wok with rice noodles, peanuts, egg, and various other ingredients, was selected as the number one preference by 21 percent of the participants. Pad Thai’s versatility, including options for vegetarian and gluten-free variations, makes it a go-to option for individuals with different dietary needs.
Following closely behind, Satay chicken received 19 percent of the votes, making it a highly favored and deliciously seasoned dish among the respondents. Among the curry options, green curry took the lead with 15 percent of the participants selecting it as their favorite. Massaman curry, another curry choice in the survey, received nine percent of the votes.
The remaining food choices were fairly evenly distributed among the voters. Fish cakes received five percent of the votes, while Pad See Ew and Tom Yum soup garnered four percent and three percent respectively. Surprisingly, Papaya salad secured only one percent of the votes.
Despite the widespread popularity of Thai cuisine, the survey also revealed that a significant portion of Australians either do not order any of the listed options or simply do not enjoy Thai food. Surprisingly, 16 percent of the participants responded with “none of the above” to the provided choices. Reasons for avoiding Thai cuisine varied, including concerns about spiciness or heat levels. Some participants mentioned ordering from other cuisines due to the unavailability of Thai or Chinese food in their local areas.
However, it’s worth noting that Thai cuisine offers a range of options to cater to different dietary preferences. One respondent mentioned that if they were to dine at a Thai restaurant, they would choose a vegan dish.
The survey also allowed participants to share their favorite Thai dishes if not listed in the pre-selected options. Seven percent of the respondents selected the “other” category and mentioned dishes such as Laksa, Pad Kee Mao, Money Bags, Crispy Chili Prawns, Beef Salad, and Red Curry as their preferred Thai orders.
In conclusion, according to the survey results, Pad Thai stands as the most popular Thai dish among Australians when ordering from Thai restaurants. However, the diverse range of preferences indicates that Thai cuisine appeals to a variety of tastes and dietary requirements, solidifying its position in the multicultural Australian culinary landscape.