The British are a rowdy lot, a lot that enjoys their food. Many of us have grown up with various kinds of food, and surprisingly some of the healthiest dishes in the world due to our love of roast vegetables. But if you’re getting a little bored of the way our dishes are served or are after a little home away from home, you can always travel to other countries to try similar dishes. Below are a handful of hearty British meals and where they can be best enjoyed and why.
Fish & Chips
Fish and chips to a grown adult is a slightly more grown up way of eating fish fingers with smiley faces, we all went there. But fish and chips has long been a meal for those living on the coast, but has slowly made its way into the mainland. Fish should be best enjoyed when fresh, which means going to a country well known for it’s fresh fish. For raw fish of course you would want to go to Japan, however for cooked fish you’d be better off in Malaysia. The fish here is almost all fresh and the even the stalls will serve ready to eat fish dishes. Although you may be hard pressed to find what we see as chips over there, you can still find other delicious alternatives such as roast potatoes and even deep fried potatoes which are simply divine.
Long associated with Christmas dinner, this traditionally Sunday dish derives from the last supper in the Holy Bible. We see a roast dinner as our very own last supper, and every Sunday we’ll have a small roast to remind us of the religious connotations that come with it. But you don’t have to be Christian to enjoy it, as it’s a popular dish across Europe, not just the UK. Many will go away for Christmas, which means finding a way of having that roast dinner close enough to the one your mum makes. It’s difficult to find one outside of the EU, but if you’re not going far then you can enjoy one in several countries. The best, bar Britain, by far comes from Spain. The spanish know exactly what to do with chicken (and turkey), and can roast to it to absolute perfection.
Yorkshire Pudding/Toad in the Hole
One of the most British dishes on this list simply has to be toad in the hole. The first glimpse of this dish came in the form of a recipe by Charles Elme Francatelli in 1861, which instead of having sausages included various chunks of meat. The name has been long debated, but it’s generally accepted that the name comes from the way it looks (like a toad poking its head out of a hole in the ground). A dish very close to this, of German-American origin, is called a Dutch Puff or Dutch Baby pancake. Like many pancakes, you can have this pancake savoury (although it’s more popular in its sweet version). It looks almost identical to a typical yorkshire pudding and can have meat added such as sausages or bacon (which can also be added to sweet pancakes). This breakfast pancake perfectly suits the few American diners it’s usually served in and is extremely popular in Oregon.
Bangers and Mash
Boy, we really do love our sausages and potatoes don’t we? Yet another tasty dish, the meal bangers and mash has long been a popular dish among Brits young and old. It’s simplicity helps its popularity greatly, but it’s not just popular with the British crowd. This dish is enjoyed in 2 other countries, far from us. The first is the large and laid back country that is Canada and the second is neighbour to Auz, New Zealand. It could be said that it’s popularity in New Zealand could be due to the reign of Queen Elizabeth, however it’s much nicer to think of it just being all too delicious! The ingredients here are fresh, so even though the characteristics to this dish are the same, the flavour is more powerful and the meat is more tender and juicy here.
The Humble Pasty
This is one of the more challenging dishes to find abroad, not because of the ingredients or the way it’s baked but because the Cornish pasty specifically has name protection throughout the EU, meaning it cannot go by a different name. In America they call this a pastie or a British pasty the reason for the change in spelling is due to a pasty in America (and other parts of the world) being a nipple accessory for burlesque performers. So is there anything close to this abroad? Well, you won’t find a pasty specifically, but you can find many other pastries equally as wonderful. You can actually have your very own Humble Pie from Australia! This is a pie company in Australia who specialize in pastry of all kinds and although this is a manufactured item of food, it’s still a fantastic dish which has been enjoyed since 1982.
Okay so you might have caught me out slightly, this cuisine has long been debated as a British dish. However, this simply isn’t the case. We may love the delicious curry, but it was created by the people of India who call it “Kari”. The confusion came when curry was discovered in India by British traders, who made it popular and created their own versions with less powerful spices. To truly eat this dish you must go to India, where it is everyones main meal. You can get hundreds of different curries, from a calm korma all the way up to a steamy vindaloo. You can tell how hot a curry is by how dark it is, usually the darker it is is the hotter it is (as calmer curries tend to include yoghurt). Curry is traditionally eaten with the hands, more specifically with the right hand. This is because in India food is eaten with the right and your left hand is used when going to the toilet.
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Author Bio: Jade Waddy is an experienced writer with an NOCN level 3 in journalism, she writes on all manner of subjects but specialises in travel and works on behalf of MyBreakTrip.