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Most bought shelf-stable dishes in South Korea 2016

This statistic depicts the shelf-stable ready meal dishes frequently purchased by South Koreans as of 2016. During the survey period, 27.6 percent of respondents replied with curry/hayashi rice as the most bought shelf-stable products.

Shelf-stable ready dishes frequently purchased by South Koreans as of September 2016

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Release date

February 2017


South Korea

Survey time period

September 12, 2016 to September 21, 2016

Number of respondents

600 respondents

Age group

20-49 years

Special properties

Consumers who have purchased shelf-stable ready meals.

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* "Hayashi rice" or "Hashed beef rice" is a popular dish in Japan, which is usually served with demi-glace sauce, beef, onions and mushrooms, alongside steamed rice.

** Black bean sauce in this statistic, called "Jajang" in Korean, is a seasoning made from fermented or germinated soybeans. The Jajang sauce is mostly served with rice or noodles in South Korea.

*** "Tang" and "Guk" are soup-like dishes in Korean cuisine, usually translated as soup in English. This statistic adopts the proper nouns to distinguish them.

**** Stew in this statistic is a translation of "Jjigae" in Korean.

Original question:
"Among shelf-stable ready meal products, which type of dish do you purchase often in 2016?"

Up to three answers were acceptable.

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