Food is, to no one’s surprise, the first love of students — but what cuisines are really getting their taste buds tingling, and encouraging them to order in? And is there any difference between the ways students order in Pakistan as compared to rest of the world?
foodpanda analyzed the students’ eating habits from all foodpanda markets, including 8 countries and 17 universities around the globe. And we pulled out some interesting facts about the eating habits of Pakistani students as compared to rest of the world.
So, this is what we found out:
1. Chinese Food Rules The World but Pakistan Loves Fast Food
The data came from different markets and it was difficult to anticipate how varied the favorite cuisines would be.
As it turned out, Chinese food is overwhelmingly the number one cuisine globally, with 24% of total orders. However, in Pakistan, particularly, fast food is the most popular, constituting more than 54% of the student orders.
2. Pakistani Students are Late Eaters
Between studying and partying, when are students actually eating?
The answer is: In most countries, hunger strikes strongest between 11am and 12pm and 6pm and 8pm. But students in Pakistan comparatively have a preference for ordering late dinner between 8 and 10pm.
3. Students Order More Now!
One of the major findings is that there is a growing popularity among students to order more. Due to the rise of food delivery within the food sphere, it’s never been easier for students to order good food from their favourite restaurants and foodpanda makes this far more achievable than it perhaps once was.
4. And Student Meals in Pakistan are All About Fast Food
Based on university, University of Karachi enrolls the most number of fast food fans with 54% of the orders consisting of pizzas and burgers. This trend is followed by 36% Malaysian cuisine fans at Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation and 28% Italian food lovers.
5. Pakistani Students Order Big on Weekends
Saturday and Sunday are unsurprisingly the day of the lazy order, since Bangkok, Hong Kong, Karachi, Singapore and Taipei all order big on weekends. Students from Manila don’t have time to cook on Mondays and Kuala Lumpur and Dhaka students love to spoil themselves the most on Thursdays and Fridays respectively.
6. Most of Them Stress eat Chinese Food During Exams but Nothing’s Gonna Change Pakistanis’ Love for Fast Food
And then we reach exam time. A time which is generally the most stressful period of the year, when students feel the need to relax with a good meal from their favourite restaurants.
Seems like 25% of students globally are stress eating Asian/Chinese goodies, especially Singaporeans (23%), Hong Kongers (23%) and Malaysians (16%). However, students from Karachi, Dhaka and Manila stay true to their fast food habits and order 56%, 55% and 43% of fast food respectively.
Nowadays, students around the world live in such a fast-paced environment, where every minute matters. Different countries, different students and different majors, but the eating habits of students in Pakistan stand out.