The crispy salt and vinegar fish and chips are a favorite of many and there are many fun facts unknown to the fans of this dish. Let’s get to know more about this crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside dish, which is greatly enjoyed in Britain and Ireland.
1. Fried fish has been served as a dish from the 17th century but chips joined fried fish in 1860. Until the 1960s, the dish was served in a newspaper to keep the prices low.
2. Fish and chips were considered so important that Winston Churchill during the Second World War did not ration the dish because limiting it could have caused morale damage. It is believed to be associated with the nation’s culture.
3. There is a shop in Yeadon which claims to be the oldest running shop of fish and chips. It runs under the name ‘‘The Oldest Fish & Chip Shop in the World’. They are serving the dish since 1865.
4. Not every shop of fish and chips uses vinegar. Most of the shops use a non-brewed condiment, which is made of acetic acid, colorings and flavors. This is a substitute for vinegar, prepared in less time than vinegar.
5. Fish and chips are not as unhealthy as people might think. Fish is good for the brain and it contains vitamins C, B6, B12, zinc, calcium, iodine, omega-3 fatty acid and iron. Potatoes are also a good source of potassium, vitamin C and fibre.
6. Henley’s Fish & Chip Shop located in Wivenhoe, Essex is the World Record holder for making chips in just 222 seconds. In this minimal time, they peeled a potato, cut it in pieces, cooked and served the chips.
7. Steph Celik from Blue Whale Fish & Chip Shop, located in South Yorkshire holds the Guinness World Record for wrapping chips fastest. He has broken the previous record by wrapping five 350g portions of chips in 58 seconds only.
8. Fish and chips dish is purely British which is proved by its part in D Day Landings. British soldiers recognized each other by calling out fish and waiting for the password which was chips. This way, fish and chips have patriotic claims as well.
9. The record for selling highest number of portions of fish and chip was set in 1999 in Glasgow at Marini’s. It sold 12,406 portions in one day.
10.There are different ways of serving Fish and chips in different countries. In Scotland, it is served with a sauce made of vinegar and brown rice. In Belgium, it is enjoyed with mayonnaise while the Chinese eat it with sugar.