Food You MUST Try in England
With England being a multicultural society bursting with different flavours from different countries, it’s hard to pinpoint what constitutes as English cuisine. On top of that, English food gets a bad rep for being anything but delicious but here’s the thing…it’s actually pretty good! Truth be told, I only realised this 6 months into my study abroad program in Japan when I had grown sick and tired of rice. During those dark times, this is what I craved…
A Full-English Breakfast
Bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms, hash browns, fried bread, grilled tomatoes, black pudding, baked beans…and tea or coffee, of course! You are free to pick and choose what you want, so you can let out your inner builder and get the ultimate ‘fry-up’, or you can double up on the vegetarian options! Though there are Scottish and Irish variations, they all center around the idea of eating (possibly more than) your fill.
2. A Sunday Roast
A delightful meal that centers around a large serving of roasted meat and vegetables, and sealed to perfection with rich, beef gravy on top, maybe douse a few Yorkshire puddings with gravy while you’re at it. It’s magical. As the name suggests, this is a meal typically enjoyed on a Sunday for many British families. If you want to spice things up a bit then try a pork roast with apple sauce with a crisp, cold glass of English cider.
3. Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea is a culinary experience that makes you feel like you have as much money and free time as the rich women who used to indulge in it. Though you don’t have to spruce yourself up for the occasion, tiny sandwiches, mini cakes, thick scones and clotted cream, a pot of aromatic tea, or a glass of bubbly can certainly make you feel like you need to keep your back straight and pinky out.
4. Pastries and pies
There is an insane amount of baking going on in England, if you couldn’t tell.
Few things compare to a freshly-baked Cornish pasty, sausage roll, a steak and wine/ kidney pie, or chicken and mushroom pie. Maybe you don’t automatically think of meat and vegetables when you think of ‘pies’ but England also has banoffee pies with bananas and toffee. If bananas aren’t your thing, then a sweet and delightful apple crumble definitely will be!
5. Fish and chips
Last on the list because apparently this is the only dish that people outside out England associate with English food…but for good reason because there’s something special about eating chunky chips with a wooden fork. Bonus if it’s served in a newspaper cone! Double bonus if you’re by the seaside! Triple bonus if you’re enjoying it with freshly caught fish from said seaside!
So, that’s my list of the top 5 things that you must try when you come to England!
These dishes are hearty and delicious, and mainly comprised of carbs and meat and vegetables.
Hopefully I peaked your interest in finding out just how good they are for yourself!
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