Origin - England
Deep-fried fish in a crispy batter served with thick golden chips
Ah…Fish and chips! For generations, it has fed millions of people as a pay-day treat at the end of the working week, a late-night meal on the way home from the pub, or even a late meal after a morning at the beach.
Fresh, piping hot beer-battered cod with a generous amount of chips (fries), smothered with mushy peas and tartar sauce – it is the ultimate comfort food!
[ Fun Fact ]
In England, the love for fish and chips ranks among dishes such as roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, and Chicken Tikka Masala.
[ History ]
No one knows the exactly when or where fish and chips came together. Potatoes were thought to have been brought to England in the 17th century by Sir Walter Raleigh, although it is believed that the French were the ones to create the first chips. Chips arrived in Britain from France in the 18th century and was known as pommes frites. Chips were a cheap and staple food of London’s industrial north while fish was introduced on the eastern side of London.
"Pommes frites" also known as French fries
Fish and chips gained popularity when it helped feed the victims of the First World War, and since fish and potatoes were two of the few foods that were not rationed in the Second World War, the dish maintained its status.
Today there are thousands of fish and chips shops throughout the UK and Ireland, so finding one is quite easy. They have also gained some recognition in other parts of the world so there might be one near you!
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