Here are 10 Delicious and Famous British Cuisine

Here are 10 Delicious and Famous British Cuisine

Compared to its European neighbors, such as France and Italy, British food is not as well-known and its reputation is not as great as that of the two countries. French food is known to be very complicated but very delicious and Italian food is considered to be very comforting and indulgent food.

British food, on the other hand, is synonymous with dull, boring, and sometimes gray British weather! However, there is so much great British cuisine to offer, and here is a list of recommended British dishes to enjoy when you travel to England. Come on, see the following review.

  1. Fish and Chips

Perhaps the biggest and most popular staple of all British cuisine is this one. Very liked by everyone and in Indonesia too. Fish and Chips can now be found in our country. Several restaurants sell this typical British cuisine.

What we know as fish and chips today originated in England but its origins are from far away. The technique of battering or coating and frying fish in oil is thought to have originated with Sephardic Jewish immigrants, particularly from Spain and Portugal.

The country’s popular dish known as Pescado Frito, which is a fish cake deep fried in oil, has been enjoyed at least several centuries before.

The first known fish and chips shop was opened by Joseph Malin, a Jewish immigrant, in London in the 1860s. Originally a working-class dish, fish and chips remained a cultural icon in Britain for two centuries.

For the perfect fish and chips recipe, an important aspect of getting the best texture is to use a very cold beer and apply the batter immediately. If you let it sit for a while, as some recipes recommend, the flour layer will be thicker and denser.

For the same reason, if possible, refrigerate the flour before using it to coat the fish. Apart from the main ingredients, another secret to getting the perfect fried fish is the temperature of the oil.

  1. Shepherd’s Pie / Cottage Pie

This typical British cuisine is two dishes that have similarities to each other. The only difference is the use of the type of meat in the dish. Lamb is used for Shepherd’s Pie while beef is used for Cottage Pie.

And even more confusing, these two dishes are different from the typical pie in the form of pastry. The contents of Shepherd’s Pie and Cottage Pie are minced lamb or beef, vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, onions, and potatoes that are piled on top to cover the filling.

  1. Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington is a fillet steak coated in a pat and then rolled into a pastry. It is believed that the dish was named after Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.

However, the dish was unknown in Wellesley’s lifetime. Hence the origin of beef Wellington is still unclear, and some believe that the dish got its name because it resembles Wellington boots.

This British specialty is thought to be based on the French dish filet de bœuf en croûte (beef fillet in a pie). Generally, the Beef Wellington is accompanied by a Madeira sauce.

  1. BLT Sandwich

Crispy, dry, and salty bacon, fresh and slightly sour tomatoes, chilled lettuce, mayonnaise, and toast are all ingredients for a BLT sandwich. However, there are strict rules regarding the ingredients.

According to American food critic Mimi Sheraton, bacon should be hot, freshly fried, and very crispy, tomatoes should be ripe and thinly sliced, lettuce should be crispy and delicious, so don’t use iceberg lettuce and bread should be toasted until golden brown.

The origins of BLT are difficult to explain, but some claim that BLT originated with bacon sandwiches originally prepared for tea in rural England since Victorian times. BLT sandwiches first appeared in British cookbooks in the late 1920s.

Its popularity skyrocketed in America after World War II because of these important factors, namely that lettuce and tomatoes were available in supermarkets and the number of women working outside the home, formerly housewives, was much greater than before the war.

  1. Traditional Cumberland Sausage

What distinguishes the Traditional Cumberland sausage from other sausages is its long, circular shape. This typical British dish is pink in color, made from seasoned pork, and has a rough texture.

This sausage consists of several basic ingredients, namely ground pork, rusk (dried bread), water or ice, as well as spices and seasonings such as salt, pepper, nutmeg, thyme, and cayenne pepper. This type of sausage must be made in the Cumbria area using traditional methods. For a hearty dinner, try the delicious sausage grilled with Cumberland sauce, mashed potatoes, and fresh watercress.

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  1. Treacle Tart

Treacle tart is a traditional English dessert consisting of a pastry filled with breadcrumbs, sugar syrup, and lemon juice.

At first, treacle was the cheapest sweet treat, so food historians believe it was created as a way for farmers to use up leftover bread.

This classic dish is usually served warm, with a little frozen cream, whipped cream, or a few scoops of ice cream on the side.

  1. Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire pudding is a popular British specialty that is traditionally served during Sunday roasts. This dish is made from creamy dough in the form of flour, milk or water, and eggs.

While some people may think of it as a dessert because the name is pudding. However, in the UK, the pudding was usually a meat-based dish, whereas pudding today has some different variations.

Yorkshire pudding is served as an appetizer before the main meal or served as a side dish. In the past, this food was consumed with a thick sauce that was rich in taste to satisfy the public with cheap ingredients.

This food is considered a dish for the poor and this pudding is cooked under the meat to accommodate the juices and drippings of the meat. Crunchy on the outside and custardy in the middle, this is an appetizing and hearty dish.

  1. English Breakfast

Also known as a full breakfast, this British specialty is popping up all over the place with a few key ingredients and a few additions in each region. First, the meat is usually a combination of sausage and bacon.

The sausages used are generally plain pork sausages, while the bacon can be streaky bacon or back bacon. Then there are vegetables and legumes, roasted beans and tomatoes, both cooked over high heat.

The balance of sweetness and acidity in tomatoes balances the fat well. Lastly, there’s a slice of crispy fried bread and two or three over-easy eggs whose yolks are melted to hold the whole meal together.

This delicious breakfast will usually be paired with a cup of tea, ketchup, or chocolate sauce, and a delicious fruit jam. Optionally, black pudding, kidneys, mushrooms, and potatoes can be added to the pan, depending on personal taste and regional preferences.

Although traditionally a breakfast dish, an English-style English breakfast is more than adequate to serve as a midday meal.

  1. Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties

Haggis is a traditional Scottish pudding made with lamb heart, liver, lungs, onions, oatmeal, spices, and stock. It tastes effectively like spicy sausage and is very tasty. Once the mixture is right, the meat is put into the lamb’s belly to cook.

Although today most commercial haggis is wrapped in a synthetic sausage wrap. This spicy meat dish is filled with spices and leaves a pleasantly warm aftertaste.

The texture is like no other as the oats add a certain grainy element to this nutritious dish. Neeps are a colorful element for haggis. Neeps is an abbreviation of radish.

Tatties are the easiest to understand of the three and have most likely been eaten before. Tatties mean potatoes, in this case, mashed potatoes.

The word comes from the ‘tatos’ part of the word potato and is shortened to ‘tatties’. The first recorded use of ‘tattie’ since the late 1700s!

  1. Trifle

Trifle is a classic British dessert made of layers of sponge cake slices, fruit puree or fruit jam, and egg custard. Usually, sponge cakes are soaked in fortified wine or a brandy such as sherry, port, or Marsala and topped with whipped cream.

Most trifles are prepared in a glass bowl, and the classic version is often modified with various flavors and additions such as nuts, chocolate, jelly, cherry glacé, and fruit juices or soft drinks in non-alcoholic versions.

The familiar form of the trifle was well known in the Victorian era, but not as it is today. That’s especially because now trifles are made using leftover sponge cake and pudding.

Well, that’s a typical British cuisine that is popular and also famous outside the UK. Maybe fish and chips, English breakfast, and BLT sandwiches are familiar in Indonesia, but some of their names may be foreign.

British cuisine may not be as famous as food from Italy and France, but the dishes are no less delicious. So, if you’re curious, try tasting some of the dishes from the land of Queen Elizabeth.