Author Topic: Your favourite chip shop snack  (Read 13555 times)

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Re: Your favourite chip shop snack
« Reply #100 on: February 22, 2020, 09:42:12 am »
Umpteen years after Half Man Half Biscuit first sang about it, there is finally a Hip Hop Chip Shop.  I hope they get royalties, or at least free chips.
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Re: Your favourite chip shop snack
« Reply #101 on: February 22, 2020, 05:13:19 pm »
My staple is macaroni pie supper  :P

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Re: Your favourite chip shop snack
« Reply #102 on: February 23, 2020, 06:38:41 pm »
Fritters

Fritters and chips was what we ate as kids. Two fritters atop a bag of chips, and for 5p extra you got all the crispy bits of potato and batter found in the fryer (scraps). Oh special occasions, you might be able to afford a battered sausage (still one of the best culinary creations). Those and mushy peas. I'm not actually sure there's anything better than mushy peas.

Friday nights at my grandparents always involved actual fish and chips, there was one across the road on the 'island'* – my gran would have us take bowls and stuff to be filled. It was a thing, you'd see people wandering around the estate with kitchenware every Friday evening. They would wrap things up in paper if you didn't have the contents of your kitchen cupboard to hand.

To be honest, and risking nationalistic heresy, I find most fish and chips a bit disappointing, a pile of stodgy damp chips with a limp oil-sodden piece of fish draped on top. A combination of underheated oil and the results sitting around trying to get a tan under the heat lamps. Chips should be crispy and nothing should bleed oil when you stab it with a fork.

I can't say I eat fish and chips more than once every couple of years. There's a chippy near us that we always say we'll go to, but when we're in the mood for stodge, say returning home after a long hike and then a couple of pints, it's closed (10pm, if I recall). I suppose that's liberal compared to some opening hours. There used to be one near us in Sheffield (by Ecclesall Park) that I think closed about 7pm every evening (and didn't open weekends). I can't say I ever eat before about 9pm, and usually later.

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Re: Your favourite chip shop snack
« Reply #103 on: February 23, 2020, 07:38:19 pm »
Your chippy clearly still does stuff the bad old way.

Pretty much every one round here cooks to order.

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Re: Your favourite chip shop snack
« Reply #104 on: February 23, 2020, 07:50:22 pm »
I had forgotten about this thread, despite contributing to it.

Our local chip shop (still the same one as in 2011, run by the same family) still does the "special". it used to be called the pensioner's special. Small piece of cod and half a portion of chips. That's what we normally buy when we go there. It's plenty.
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Re: Your favourite chip shop snack
« Reply #105 on: February 23, 2020, 10:14:20 pm »
If there is no fish ready, then I will go for a saveloy, as I'm a busy man, and can't be doing waiting for fish to fry. The chippy closest to me has now gone halal, or rather has a sign up in the window stating that it's halal. The halal saveloy is indistinguishable from a non halal saveloy tastewise, and that was a pleasant surprise.

Re: Your favourite chip shop snack
« Reply #106 on: February 24, 2020, 07:45:31 am »
The halal saveloy is indistinguishable from a non halal saveloy tastewise, and that was a pleasant surprise.

I think I'm right in saying that Halal will really only apply to meat and meat products  :demon:

ian

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Re: Your favourite chip shop snack
« Reply #107 on: February 24, 2020, 09:39:44 am »
Your chippy clearly still does stuff the bad old way.

Pretty much every one round here cooks to order.

Most of the ones I've seen lately seem to be the fried-anything school, offering the standard hearty London fayre of deep-fried ratchicken, burgers, etc.

But like I say, I've not really tried any of the local ones. That said, I've only lived here six years. One mustn't rush into such matters. I think the last time I had fish and chips was in Battle. They were alright, but we'd just spent the day hiking there from Eastbourne and frankly would have eaten anything that promised calories.

They do bring back a nostalgic rush though. Fish and chips on a Friday night were something to look forward too, especially if you'd tried my mother's cooking. If the island chippy is still there, it probably serves burgers and ratchicken too. I don't think people pop-over with a pot to be filled, for sure.
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