There is nothing better to keep you warm on a cold, blustery day than fish, chips and mushy peas. This classic favourite British dish is the perfect way to enjoy the cold weather and still be warm.
It has a unique, one of a kind flavour that you will not be able to find anywhere else with the same authentic taste that it has when you purchase it in one of the many ‘chippy’ shops anywhere in England, and Ireland. This dish has become so popular that in England, it is the national dish.
What is the British Fish n’ Chips Dish?
Piping hot fish and thinly sliced potato wedges baked to a crisp are smothered with salt and vinegar in this dish. The favoured type of fish is cod, and a flour potato is best for making the chips non-greasy. It is exceptionally unique and is served with mushy peas on the side, regardless of whether or not it is a favourite or detested. And, pickled onions are another common side dish for British fish n’ chips. This has an unusual and delicious flavour that will stick in your mind once you have tasted it.
Potatoes first came to England from the New World in the seventeenth century. Though Sir Walter Raleigh brought it back, the English was not the first to invent the first fried potato chip; that honour goes to the French. Lancashire and London both say that they were the first to invent the meal. Chips were a staple food that was cheap in the north industrial part of London. Fried fish was first introduced to London in the East End. The populace decided eventually that putting the two foods together was a combination that was exceptionally good. Thus, the British Fish n’ Chips national food was created.
The first shop in Northern England that sold British Fish n’ Chips was said to have been opened near Oldham, Lancashire in a small town call Mossely in 1863. Mr Lees made and sold fish and chips from his wooden marketplace hut. Later, he moved it to a permanent shop that was located across the street. His sign said, “This is the first fish and chip shop in the world.” However, London beat Lancashire by three years. Joseph Malin opened a ‘chippe’ on Cleveland Street. His shop was truly the first fish and chip shop in the whole world.
Since then, British fish n’ chips have become a staple for the English, in addition to the national food. There are eight fish and chips shops for every McDonalds, telling people how truly a part of the culture these amazingly good fish and chips are.