Every great city in the world has its special dishes, and may also offer a variety of ethnic dishes by the various ethnic groups established there. London is not an exception. This city is the place where you can have a hearty English breakfast as well as find one of the most delicious shawarmas. Food is culture, and the capital city of England has a very rich gastronomic culture, even if it might not be as famous as the French or Italian one. Let’s see what foods you need to try in London.
The English breakfast
If you enjoy a copious meal in the morning, you need to try this infamous English breakfast, which includes the following items in its full version: fried egg, sausage, hash browns, white and black pudding, baked beans, bacon, mushrooms, toast, and half a tomato. Some may think that this is enough food for an entire week, but in fact, this was the best option for those who could eat in the morning but have no idea when they can have food again throughout a day of hard work. Perhaps it’s not the type of breakfast you want to have every day, but it might be a good idea to try before a day of continuous sightseeing.
Fish and chips
Appeared in the 1860s, fish and chips is another iconic dish of Britain. This food consists of fried battered fish and hot potato chips. It is a takeaway food traditionally using beef dripping or lard for frying, with vegetable oils being preferred nowadays. This food has spread throughout English-speaking countries, including Canada, The United States, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and is sold by fish and chip shops. An interesting fact about this food: in the UK, waste oils from fish and chips shops is used as a source of biodiesel – a measure with a significant impact considering that fish and chip restaurants sell a quarter of the white fish consumed in the kingdom and 10% of all potatoes.