The UK isn’t renowned for its food. In fact, it’s a bit of an international joke that the cuisine isn’t the best. However, you might be surprised by how nice some of the traditional food in the UK is. Here are some of the best-loved UK meals and snacks, along with a description of what they consist of.
The roast dinner: Sometimes, this is simply called ‘a roast’ and it usually consists of a roast meat such as lamb, chicken or beef, accompanied by a wide selection of roasted root vegetables, including potatoes, carrots, peas, cabbage, broccoli, swede and cauliflower. Usually served with gravy…which is a meat-based sauce and a variety of condiments depending on the meat. Most often seen are apple sauce and mint sauce. The UK roast dinner is probably one of the county’s most popular meals
The full English breakfast: Another very filling meal sometimes known simply as “a full English’ this one isn’t only eaten for breakfast but served in many cafes as an option all day. You can usually choose the components of your meal to avoid the addition of elements you don’t like. It’s usually made up of the following. Bacon, sausage, fried or scrambled eggs, baked beans, fried tomatoes, black pudding (an offal based sausage) and quite often mushrooms sliced and fried. There is always a side dish of toasted bread and a cup of tea or coffee.
Fish and chips: Very popular and often bought at the seaside, fish and chips is exactly what it says it is. The fish usually served is cod or haddock and it’s fried in batter and then served with thick-cut, hot chips or French fries. These are usually accompanied by Tartare sauce and salt and vinegar, as well as mushy peas sometimes. These are not to everyone’s taste but are basically dried peas which have been soaked overnight before cooking to a very soft consistency.
Puddings: The English love puddings and cakes. Many cafes serve various puddings with hot custard. Commonly seen are jam roly-poly which is a cake-like sweet roll with jam inside of it, fruit cobbler, which is a pastry based dish consisting of stewed apple or plums and again served with custard.
Trifle or Eton Mess are popular too; these are a cold dessert based on fresh cream, fruit, custard, sponge biscuits and some other additions which change depending on which part of the country you’re in.
Snacks: Snacks in England are much the same as in the rest of the world. Fruit, nuts, biscuits and sandwiches are popular, as are chocolate and fizzy drinks.
You may find that the amount of choice in terms of crisps and savoury snacks is wider than in other countries as they’re very popular in the UK.
Food in the UK is big business and there are lots of different styles of places to buy it. From fast food to casual cafes and stylish restaurants, there’s something to suit all budgets.
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