5 Foods You Must Try on a Visit to the UK
Whenever you visit a new country, it’s a must that you try the local cuisine and a trip to the UK is no different. True, the UK might be known for a few odd foods, but Britain has produced some of the finest chefs in the world – including Gordon Ramsay – and is home to numerous Michelin-star restaurants. Of course, you might not find all of these dishes in a fine dining restaurant, but these delicious national dishes are a must-try for any tourist in the UK:
1. Deep Fried Mars Bar
It might sound incredibly odd, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Famous in Scotland, a deep-fried Mars bar is a chocolate candy bar that has been covered in a savoury batter and deep fried making it crispy on the outside with gooey caramel, chocolate and nougat in the middle.
Thought to have been invented in the 1950s near Aberdeen, the deep-fried Mars bar is known as a novelty snack, but is definitely something to be tried if you visit Scotland.
2. Sunday Roast
Britain is famous for its Sunday roast dinners, where all the family gathers on a Sunday afternoon to catch up and enjoy a gorgeous meal together. These days, a Sunday roast is taken incredibly seriously by restaurants with everywhere from your local pub to Michelin-starred restaurants offering their own take on a Sunday dinner.
The famous Sunday roast can be made with any slowly roasted meat, but the most popular tend to be beef or lamb. Every Sunday dinner should have roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, lots of vegetables and lashings of homemade gravy. And, of course, no Sunday roast would be complete without a Yorkshire pudding.
3. Fish and Chips on the Beach
The United Kingdom is famous for its fish and chips, so you’ll find a fish and chip shop (chippy, to the locals) in almost every town and village up and down the country. When you’re visiting the UK, make sure you take the time to visit one of Britain’s many beautiful seaside towns and order yourself some fish and chips; enjoy them straight from the paper during a stroll across the beach, or sitting on a coastal wall.
4. Chicken Tikka Masala
Even though a chicken tikka masala is ordered from an Indian restaurant, the dish is actually a British invention created in Glasgow as a slightly milder curry for Western taste buds. The dish itself has chunks of chicken that have been marinated in spices and yoghurt, which have been baked in a tandoor oven. The chicken is then served with a masala sauce – a mix of tomato sauce and coriander – with every restaurant’s masala sauce being unique to them as there is no standard recipe.
Named a national British dish in 2001, a chicken tikka masala is best when you order it from a takeaway served with fluffy rice and a homemade naan bread.
5. Full English Breakfast
There is nothing quite like a full English breakfast, it might be incredibly calorific, but no trip to Britain would be the same without trying one. Best enjoyed at brunch, expect to get a plate piled high with sausages, bacon, fried eggs, beans and black pudding (which is far nicer than it sounds).
Of course, what you get on your fried breakfast will differ on where you are. In Scotland expect to get haggis, potato scones and fruit pudding with your breakfast. In some parts of England you may get oatcakes added to your fry-up and Wales may even add some cockles.