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Richmond No. 1 for Chinese cuisine in Canada

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 1:30 PST, Wed January 8, 2020

Richmond ranks as Canada’s most popular city for Chinese cuisine.

Based on Google Trends data, a new report by Chef’s Pencil looking at the most popular ethnic cuisines in Canada also cited Vancouver as the capital for Mexican cuisine. The remaining top three cities for each of the top five ethnic cuisines are all in Ontario. Brampton was named Canada’s capital for Indian cuisine, Thunder Bay for Thai food and Vaughan for Italian.

A food website, Chef's Pencil says the data doesn’t only indicate Canadians’ dining out habits, but also what Canadians are eating at home.

Google provides data on a whole range of topics, including national cuisines, and allocates a score that indicates the level of interest in the topic. For example, Japanese cuisine will comprise hundreds or thousands of searches related to the topic such as Japanese restaurants, Japanese rice, sushi, sushi recipes, and even names of well-known local Japanese restaurants.

Google then counts how often they are used in countries, regional areas, towns and cities relative to all local searches and allocates a popularity score. For example, if Brampton scores 100 for Indian cuisine and Toronto scores 80, it doesn't mean more searches were done in Brampton than in Toronto; it means a higher percentage of people in Brampton than in Toronto are into Indian cuisine.

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