Traditional UK cuisine might not have the same prestige as other European nations, but it has had a huge influence on the world. In recent decades the popularity of foreign foods has meant that many of these are now considered British – in fact chicken tikka masala, alongside fish and chips, is considered by many to be the national dish of the UK.
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Fish and Chips
Despite the rising popularity of international cuisine, fish and chips continue to be a very popular meal. The fish is usually battered, and the chips are often smothered in salt and vinegar. Non-traditionalists will also add some red (tomato) sauce. A visit to a fish and chips shop is a must for anyone looking for an authentic experience of life in the UK.
Haggis is the national dish of Scotland, and there have even been poems written by Robert Burns’ about this dish. Many foreign visitors are put off when they hear about the ingredients, which include heart, livers, and lungs wrapped in an animal’s stomach. There are many spices added though, so it is actually quite delicious. It is even possible to buy battered haggis from a chip shop in Scotland.
Deep Fried Mars Bars
It is believed that the first ever deep fried Mars bars were created in Scotland – perhaps somebody accidently dropped their chocolate bar into the frying oil. This amazing treat is now popular in many parts of the UK.
Many alcoholic drinks originate from the UK. Beer is very popular and there are hundreds of these to choose from. The Scottish are very proud of their whisky, and there are many of these to choose from as well.