Butter chicken tops takeaway list for WA, a home delivery state

30 November 2013 10:04 AM

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Butter chicken tops takeaway list for WA, a home delivery state

FANCY some butter chicken? Most West Australians do, with the Indian dish topping our list of orders on a popular takeaway app.

Delivery Hero, an app that lets the user place an order at a range of restaurants that do home deliveries, has crunched the numbers on more than 500,000 orders received across Australia this year.

West Australians accounted for about 25,000 of those orders and WA's favourite meal is butter chicken, followed by pad thai and chicken tikka.

Sydneysiders prefer Thai food, while those in Adelaide rate Hawaiian pizza in their top three dishes.

WA and the ACT spend the most on getting dinner delivered with an average of $48 spent on each order, compared with Victorians who only spend $38 on average.

Delivery Hero chief executive CJ Foo said most Australians were ordering in at weekends.

"In comparison with other countries where you see a peak on Fridays, ordering takeaway on Saturday is a big deal for Australians," Mr Foo said.

"When the weekend hits, people like to relax and take a break from the kitchen."

Murdoch University food studies lecturer Felicity Newman said the takeaway trend reflected the time-poor working population of WA, which includes many fly-in, fly-out families.

"You've got a lot of women who are on their own with the kids, and they're working as well, so it makes it all the more difficult," Dr Newman said.

Dr Newman said more men and children should be learning how to cook to help mums in the kitchen. She also recommended making bulk meals and freezing them. "People don't know what they're eating and they don't know how to cook, and that's a really poor combination," she said.

Rana Kamal, owner of who owns the Bukhara Indian restaurant in North Perth, said butter chicken was easily the most popular dish on the menu. "Almost every order we get has butter chicken," he said. "People like it because it's unique."

Source: perthnow.com.au

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