Annual survey finds Gifu jumped 41 places to become prefecture with most karaage eaters
Corn what caused the soaring popularity of the dish in the prefecture?
If you haven’t tried karaage, or Japanese-style fried chicken, then you haven’t really lived. Done correctly, karaage is the epitome of fried dishes – crispy on the outside, chewy and juicy on the inside, with a combination of spices that really brings out the flavor of the meat. It’s so good that it was ranked second best side dish for rice by Japanese internet users.
▼ I mean, look at this… how could someone not want to eat this ?!
One such staple is karaage in the Japanese diet that there is in fact an annual Karaage survey across Japan, which asks the nation’s opinion on karaage and collects data on national consumption of fried chicken. In fact, the results of this year’s survey, conducted by Nichirei Foods and interviewed by 14,099 people from across Japan, caused a stir. As reported in the “Everything Search” segment of the Nagoya TV program Dou Desuka, the most interesting result of the survey is the fact that Gifu Prefecture jumped 41 places to become the prefecture with the most karaage eaters in all of Japan.
Last year, Gifu in central Japan ranked 42nd in the ratio of the population who often eats karaage (Japan has only 47 prefectures), but this year they have reached the top spot. It has been reported that 86 percent of Gifu people indulge in this crispy fried treat at least once a month in 2021. But why this increase? To discover, Dou Desuka went to Gifu to ask locals directly.
“I feel like there are many more karaage shops because it’s an easy food to take out, “said one commentator, while another interviewee said:” So many specialty karaage stores have popped up, it’s like all Gifu has to offer. nowadays it’s ramen and karaage. It seems the consensus was that with the opening of so many new karaage shops in Gifu these days, you can’t help but want to eat at their place.
And it may be true that there are more karaage shops in the prefecture than there were before. In 2021, 43 new karaage shops opened in Gifu, an impressive number. Karaage Karasuke chain, based in neighboring Aichi Prefecture of Gifu, has opened six new branches in Gifu, and workers at the new stores report great popularity among locals, with their parking lots always full.
The hosts of Dou Desuka also speculated that it could be because Gifu has a habit of spending large sums on fried chicken in general, including the famous Gifu-based Tori-chan chicken restaurant chain. With the advent of the coronavirus and the increased demand for take-out restaurants, it was only natural for karaage to dominate the take-out industry in the prefecture.
Surprisingly, however, Gifu does not eat the most chicken per person per month. This title belongs to Ibaraki, one of Tokyo’s neighboring prefectures, whose average citizen eats 55.4 pieces of karaage per month. That’s a lot of chicken!
Considering these numbers, it’s really no surprise karaage is the favorite dish of the Japanese, according to the survey at least, where more respondents chose it as a favorite than even yakiniku, gyoza, sashimi and tempura!
Honestly, if you haven’t tried karaage yet, you’re missing out. It is a bit difficult to find a suitable karaage abroad, but if you are in Japan or hoping to visit Japan when the borders open again, definitely put karaage on your must-have food list!
Source: J-Town Net Going through News Going through Hachima Kiko, Nichirei Foods
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