23rd April 2019


Foodie Map Reveals World’s Most Iconic National Dishes

  • 1 in 5 of the most popular dishes were from Asia
  • Only 2 of the 10 most popular dishes were from Europe
  • African cuisine accounted for fewer than 1% of most popular dishes

A study by recipe box company Gousto has revealed the most iconic national dishes from around the globe.

Over 150 million Instagram posts were analysed, combined with Google search data to reveal the most iconic national dishes across every country in every continent.   

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The Continent With The Most ICONIC Dishes

North America dominates the list with more than 95 million posts mentioning their most iconic dishes, compared with the content Oceania with just 850,000 posts.   

North America Total: 95,099,104: 72 dishes


  1. Asia Total: 34,064,995: 59 dishes
  2. Europe Total: 14,393,019: 56 dishes
  3. South America Total: 4,579,604: 12 dishes
  4. Africa Total 2,212,991: 54 dishes
  5. Oceania Total: 850,389: 11 dishes

Asian dishes are snapped & tagged more than twice as often as European dishes, making up 22% of the total list.

Top 10 Most Instagrammed Asian Dishes  

  1. Japan - Sushi
  2. Vietnam - Pho
  3. North Korea - Kimchi
  4. Japan - Udon
  5. Japan - Soba
  6. Thailand - Pad Thai
  7. Indonesia - Nasi Goreng
  8. United Arab Emirates - Shawarma
  9. Malaysia - Nasi Lemak
  10. Indonesia - Soto

As one of the world’s largest and most diverse continents, African cuisine surprisingly only makes up less than 1% of the list of iconic dishes.   

Top 10 Iconic African Dishes    

  1. Sao Tome and Principe - Palm Oil Stew
  2. Burundi - Boko-Boko
  3. Côte d'Ivoire - Kedjenou
  4. Burkina Faso - Riz Gras
  5. Somalia - Canjeero
  6. Mauritius - Octopus Curry
  7. Madagascar - Romazava
  8. Liberia - Dumboy
  9. Botswana - Seswaa
  10. Angola - Muamba de Galinha

Based on the findings of the study, a spokesperson from Gousto said:

“Our hardworking Food Team at Gousto scour the country for the best British ingredients to use in our recipes.

“Something we’re really proud of in our recipe kits is the mix of British produce and exciting ingredients from all around the world.

“The study has shown that whilst we already enjoy a wide range world foods, there are still some fascinating world cuisines that are underrepresented. It’s time to shine a light on these delicious cuisines to help spread the word!”


-Notes to Editors-

The results of the study have been visualised in an infographic which is available here:

Continent specific infographics are available from here:

About Gousto:

Recipe box company, Gousto delivers precise ingredients, delicious recipes and a dollop of adventure to your door. Portions start at £2.98, with free delivery seven days a week.

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