Asian students ordering more take-outs, says new study

11:27 SGT October 16, 2017
More university students in Asia are turning to food delivery services for their source of sustenance, especially during examination periods, a recent study revealed.

Food delivery service foodpanda explored the dining habits of university students from key cities in Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan, and discovered a shared growing popularity for delivered meals across all markets.

However, ordering habits and other preferences vary. Hunger pangs strike the strongest between the lunch hours of 11am and 12 noon, and at dinner time between 6pm and 8pm.
The study revealed more students from Kuala Lumpur and Taipei order between 12 noon to 1pm, while students in Karachi prefer ordering late dinners — between 8pm and 10pm.

Hunger pangs strike the strongest between the lunch hours of 11am and 12 noon, and at dinner time between 6pm and 8pm.

Meanwhile, the days when students most or least likely to order also differ around the world. Students from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei do not like to order on Mondays and Tuesdays, while students in Kuala Lumpur and Manila are least likely to order on Saturdays.

Surprisingly, the study revealed only students in Dhaka do not order on Wednesdays. Weekends are when Bangkok, Hong Kong, Karachi, Singapore and Taipei students all place big food orders, and while Manila students do not have time to cook on Mondays, Kuala Lumpur and Dhaka students splurge on delivery foods every Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Come examination periods, 25% of students globally are stress-eating Asian or Chinese meals — with students from Singapore (23%), Hong Kong (23%) and Kuala Lumpur (16%) as the top consumers.

Fast-food enthusiasts are found among the students from Karachi (56%), Dhaka (55%) and Manila (43%). Singapore and Hong Kong students prefer Chinese food, with 23% and 20% of orders respectively, while Bangkok students prefer their local offerings during exam periods, with 17% total orders.

Curiously, Malaysians (20%) and Taiwanese (18%) like to study for exams munching on ordered Indian and Italian meals, respectively.
Foodpanda said it is now easier for students to order good food from their favourite restaurants, and food delivery service apps such as foodpanda make this far more achievable than it perhaps once was.