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?

Rank Food Score
1 Ramen 100
2 Curry 81.0
3 Yakiniku 62.5
4 Sushi 60.9
5 Ocha-tsuke 55.8
6 Pizza 41.1
7 Nabe 37.1
8 Udon or soba noodles 36.1
9 Pasta 35.9
10 Gyoza 34.5
11 Okonomiyaki 33.1
12 Hamburger (McDonald’s style) 32.7
13 Rice porridge 30.6
14 Hamburger (no bun, as main dish – beefburger) 29.6
15 Fried soba or udon 26.4
16 Chawan, pilaf 25.8
17 Onigiri rice balls 23.0
18 Cake 22.4
19 Gratin (usually fish and macaroni grilled in cheese sauce) 22.2
20 Tempura 21.4

1 Comment

New Year established customs that Japanese no longer need | 世論 What Japan Thinks · December 27, 2015 at 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. […]

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