Fish ‘n’ chips

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What exactly is fish and chips?

According to Wikipedia  “It is a common take-away food within the United Kingdom and an early example of culinary fusion.[1][2] Fish and chips first appeared in the UK in the 1860s. By 1910 there were more than 25,000 fish and chip shops across the UK, and by the 1930s there were over 35,000″

Fish and chips consists of fried chipped potatoes which are sliced along the length of the potatoes about 1 centimeter square. A white fleshed fish (generally cod or haddock but you can sometimes get plaice). The fish is usually is covered in floury batter and deep fried. You can also have fish in breadcrumbs. To accompany the fish and chips there are various side dishes. Generally mushy peas, which were dried peas that have been soaked and cooked and go “mushy”. Other choices are curry sauce which is a brown or yellow thickish curry flavoured sauce, or gravy.

Most people have salt and vinegar added to the meal to flavour it.

Fish and chip shops sell a variety of other food including, but not exclusivley :

potato scallops (thin flat slices of potato fried in batter).

Fried chicken (generally chicken breast).

Pies (meat and potato, steak, chicken and mushroom, cheese and onion)

Also pickled eggs, pickled onions, cods roe fried in batter and other less conventional food.

Fish and chips can be wrapped in paper (it used to be newspaper and grease proof paper) these days it tends to be white paper or more controversially polystyrene trays. This will probably be stopped because of the concern over plastic pollution.

What I can say is that Fish and Chips is a good meal if you are tired and not wanting to cook. But it is a heavy meal and full of calories.

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6 thoughts on “Fish ‘n’ chips

  1. I have always enjoyed Fish and chips and have been known to say it is my favourite meal. I orignate from New Zealand – people still make fun of my accent and think I am saying Fush and Chups. As kids we nearly always had fish and chips on Thursday night ( Mum’s pay day) , I think it was either wrapped in greaseproof paper or butcher paper and then newspaper. We would carry the parcel home, reheat in the oven and then share it out between six of us. There was always a fight about who got more chips on their plate.

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