Fish and Chips in the UK

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One of the first things people usually think of at the mention of British Food is of course “Fish & Chips”.

Chips being deep fried bits of potatoes fatter than stringy French Fries like you get in McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants, and not to be confused with the American usage of “Chips” which we refer to as Crisps. The fish, sometimes coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried…. but more often than not coated in batter and deep-fried. The fish used for this is almost always either Cod, Haddock, Pollack, Coalfish or Plaice.

These are not the only items available in a typical British Fish and Chip Shop.

Another popular item are Fishcakes, which are basically a patty of fish and mashed potato coated in either breadcrumbs or batter. Usually battered in a fish and chip shop, but bread coated in the case of the frozen ones sold in supermarkets.

The other classic alternative option to fish is a battered sausage. This sounds painful, but is just a regular pork sausage deep fried with a coating of batter. They come in standard or jumbo size.

Some people just order fish and chips, others just get chips or one of the other options.

A popular optional extra is mushy peas, which are simply marrowfat peas mashed.

The other popular option is Curry sauce, a topping of Chip Shop Curry Sauce.