Chinese emerges the most popular takeout for Christmas Day

  • Food News
  • Sunday, 28 Dec 2014

Orders increase more than 150% over last year’s figures.

The lore, it seems, is true. General Tso's chicken and chow mein noodles are the unofficial dishes of Christmas in America.

While turkey, ham and stuffing remain the traditional headliners for Christmas dinners, millions of other households in the US that don’t celebrate the holiday are more apt to order Chinese takeout than any other fast food, confirms an online food delivery and takeout service.

At the request of, crunched the numbers to come up with the most popular cuisines over the holidays.

On Dec 25, 2013, the site confirmed that more than any other fast food type, the percentage of all orders for Chinese food increased by 152%.

Orders for pizza, Mexican and American, on the other hand, fell by 30% on the same day.

The same trend was observed on Christmas Eve, with orders for dishes like Kung Pao chicken and sweet and sour chicken balls spiking on Dec 24, 2013.

Writers at The Atlantic had the same thought, it seems, as the site published a story entitled "Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas," calling the tradition a “full-fledged ritual”.

“For many Jewish Americans, the night before Christmas conjures up visions, not of sugar plums, but plum sauce slathered over roast duck or an overstocked plate of beef lo mein, a platter of General Tso’s, and (maybe) some hot and sour soup,” reads the article.

And it’s not just because Chinese restaurants are most often the only eateries that are open on Christmas Day that Jews in the US have made Chinese dinners their own holiday tradition.

The article points out that unlike unlike Italian, Mexican or American cuisine, Chinese cuisine is the least likely to violate Jewish dietary restrictions that prohibits the mixing of dairy and meat, for instance. – AFP Relaxnews

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