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The Origins of 5 Traditional English Meals – 2 – Fish ‘n’ Chips

September 1st 2017


Fish & Chips

It’s Fish and Chip Friday!

There’s nothing better than the smell on a Friday! Freshly fried Fish and Chips, with salt and vinegar on top – eaten anywhere – at home, at the pub, on the street on a cold windy day – or maybe at the seaside in the rain (typical British weather!).

Fish and Chips is one of the first traditional foods all international students should try.

There are a lot of stories about where Fish and Chips originates. One story is that Fish and Chips first appeared in England in the 1860s. Fried fish was brought to England by Jewish migrants who coated the fish with flour and then dipped it into batter and fried it. In the 1860s the first fish and chip shop was opened in London by Joseph Malin and it soon became a popular meal in Victorian England – particularly as in some religions there is a tradition of not eating meat on Fridays. Today we have over 10,500 fish and chip shops!

To make it cheaper, the fish and chips were often wrapped in an old newspaper – this continued until the 1980s when it was decided it was unsafe for the food to come in contact with newspaper ink!

Today, Fish ‘n’ Chips is still a popular meal  – over 300 million portions are sold in Britain each year. It is traditionally eaten with vinegar, picked gherkins and eggs or maybe curry sauce or mushy peas!

It is probably not something you want to eat every day, but it is a great source of protein, fibre, and vitamins and a lot better for you than pizza or burger and chips!

Disclaimer: Fish and Chips can also be eaten on any other day of the week, not just Friday!

Crazy Fact: In the UK, the waste oil from Fish and Chip shops has become a useful source of Biodiesel which can be used to power vehicles!