If there is one dish in the UK that is available everywhere it is nothing but the humble fish and chips. No longer the meal of the working class the fish and chips have become classless and occupy the proud position as the national dish of Britain. Nothing can beat the taste of well battered fish served with yummy house made chips on an old newspaper on a cold winter day in the UK. This dish has a great cult following not only among the locals of the UK but several millions of tourists who visit the UK flock to fish and chip stands all over the country.
The potato was found in New England in the United States and was brought to the UK during the 17th century by Sir Walter Raleigh. However it is the chefs of France who claim to have invented the ever popular potato chips. The first fish and chip stand is believed to have been opened in Lancashire in the year 1863 from a simple hut. Later as his dish gained popularity he moved his shop to a commercial area and was known as the first fish and chip shop in the world.
Fish and chips have come a long way and the ride all along has been a bumpy one. While several health enthusiasts stay away from fish and chips others argue that fish and chips provide the essential nutrients that are required for a daily diet. It is a great source of proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and fibres. And now studies reveal that fish and chips are not bad for the heart as it was believed to a few years back.
So whatever be your take on this national food, fish and chips are here to stay with an ever growing fanfare among the lovers of this simple yet wholesome dish.