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Fish and chips, the quintessentially British dish

When you think of Great Britain, what is the first dish that comes to mind?
Many might say the traditional Sunday Roast, Shepherd’s and Admiral’s pies or even just tea with some scones. Another well-known typical dish is Fish and Chips, which comes straight from the working class in the UK.
Nevermind the simple nature of this ubiquitous meal, it has been declared the “quintessentially British dish”.

When did the fish and chips frenzy start? 

We cannot be certain, but a literary reference appeared in 1839 when Charles Dickens referred to a “fried fish warehouse” in one of his best-known works “Oliver Twist”.
One of the reasons for the abundance of this food combination was that chips were considerably cheap food to make and, later, during the Second World War, fish was not rationed, unlike other types of food.

Interestingly, we mostly like to have our fish and chips as a takeaway meal and numbers show that it is the most popular takeaway food in the UK! The battered and fried fish with deep-fried chips is also popular in New Zealand for example.
“In 1999, the British consumed nearly 300 million servings of fish and chips – that equates to six servings for every man, woman and child in the country. There are now around 8,500 fish and chip shops across the UK – that’s eight for every McDonald’s outlet.”
Why don’t you grab a portion of fish and chips next time you’re out with your friends?

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