Fish and chips

In the mid 19th century the British started selling fish and chips (fish 'n' chips). Fish and chips are one of the main food symbols of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Nowadays it is being sold in fish-and-chip shops. Such a shop is better known as the “chippy” or “chippers”. This dish includes deep-fried fish and deep-fried chipped potatoes.

Fish and chips
Fish and chips

Fish like haddock and cod are usually used. Still there are some businesses who use other fish like pollock (coley), plaice, skate etc. A batter needed for preparation of this dish is made of water and flour. Little bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is often added just to create bubbles in the barter. It is not very common but barter with beer or milk is also used.

Fish covered with batter is deep-fried in vegetable oil. Some chippies still use beef dripping or lard. In the UK some salt and vinegar is sprinkled over fish and chips when the dish is served. Mushy peas is often served together with the portion of fish and chips. In Wales and parts of northern England some curry sauce or gravy is added. This is called “wet chips.” A portion of fish and chips is traditionally wrapped in white paper and newspaper.