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The above phrase may often be heard throughout Western homes a couple of days into the New Year as everyone has had their fill of left-over turkey, but what about in Japan? goo Ranking decided to find out what people fancied eating when they got fed up with お節, osechi, the traditional Japanese New Year cuisine. As usual, there’s no demographic information, and the survey was unseasonably carried out at the end of November.

This site described the posh shop-bought osechi, but most often it is home-made, and in our case consists of miso soup with mizuna and mochi. I fortunately managed to break the monotony with a 10-pack of Mister Donuts (twice!), but I could fair go a pizza myself!

Q: What would you like to eat when you get bored with osechi?

RankFoodScore
1Ramen100
2Curry81.0
3Yakiniku62.5
4Sushi60.9
5Ocha-tsuke55.8
6Pizza41.1
7Nabe37.1
8Udon or soba noodles36.1
9Pasta35.9
10Gyoza34.5
11Okonomiyaki33.1
12Hamburger (McDonald’s style)32.7
13Rice porridge30.6
14Hamburger (no bun, as main dish – beefburger)29.6
15Fried soba or udon26.4
16Chawan, pilaf25.8
17Onigiri rice balls23.0
18Cake22.4
19Gratin (usually fish and macaroni grilled in cheese sauce)22.2
20Tempura21.4
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  1. December 27, 2015 @ 23:09

    […] To give wives time off (yes, sexist, but it’s an old tradition) food becomes cold everything, with the only warm thing being miso soup with mochi (rice starch) balls. I have to commit the sin of dipping all the cold stuff into the warm soup to make it palatable. It’s enough to make you hanker for cold turkey, and indeed 9 (nine!) years ago I translated another survey on what people want to eat after too much osechi. […]