Uber Eats FoodCast released search data by their customers on which food they ordered over the last six months.

The list includes edible flowers and meat substitutes like seitan and heme.

Also, adding to the list is hemp and manaeesh. The ingredients are set to appear on many more restaurant menus across the country in the next year.

Showing the changing palates of vegans and flexitarians, jackfruit, often seen as the vegan alternative to pulled pork which is predicted to fall out of flavour with many as the meat-free offering widens.

In addition, matcha, aloe vera, rolled ice cream are also on the list of items Uber Eats data shows will decline in the coming 12 months.

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According to the data, coffee will return to being a hot drink, as cold brew also makes the top five list of food and drink items anticipated to be in decline.

To uncover insights around these foodie favourites, Uber Eats analysed more than 191 million searches on the app across the Middle East and Africa over the last six months.

Most popular foods of 2018

Alongside predicting what’s going to be hot and what’s not next year, the 2019 Uber Eats FoodCast also revealed the below as the most popular foods of 2018.

Garlic proved to be a firm favourite amongst Eaters in Kenya followed by ginger, honey, coconut and Tofu.

The super trendy Chia, Heme and quinoa all make appearances in the top 20 food searches of 2018.

1. Garlic

2. Ginger

3. Honey

4. Coconut

5. Tofu

6. Hummus

7. Pumpkin

8. Truffle

9. Tahini

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10. Chia

11. Cold Brew

12. Sriracha

13. Kimchi

14. Turmeric

15. Quinoa

16. Chicha

17. Vegan

18. Heme

19. Miso

20. Pho

According to Jeanette Mellinger, Head of Uber Eats User Research, as people become more conscious of what they eat, we can expect plant-based superfoods to continue to rise in popularity.

“As our search data shows, food preferences are constantly evolving and the latest is a rise in socially-conscious diners. In line with this, we expect to see veganism become increasingly mainstream, rising from just a few percent in each country to a lifestyle choice for millions of individuals.

“Customer search volumes also show that food delivery apps like Uber Eats are quickly transforming food delivery from a guilty pleasure at the weekend, to an increasingly important part of our daily food habits. As we look ahead to 2019, we also expect to see customers search for more low-cost, healthier, ‘everyday’ meal options,” said Ms. Mellinger.

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