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post #31 of 70
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I once read that fish'n'chips was always wrapped in old newspapers until about 10-15 years ago. When the change to plain wrapping paper was made, there were many complaints about the taste having been altered. Seems like the old flavor came from a bit of newsprint ink having been picked up by both the fish and chips. Is this true?


I have heard the very same thing, but then again I am 35 and have never seen a Fish & Chip shop actually sell them in old newspaprers, pre or post ban.

The real secret is in the cooking fat and quality of spuds.
post #32 of 70
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Originally Posted by Nonk
I have heard the very same thing, but then again I am 35 and have never seen a Fish & Chip shop actually sell them in old newspaprers, pre or post ban.

The real secret is in the cooking fat and quality of spuds.

I only lived in England until I was 5, but I distinctly remember getting fish and chips wrapped in old newspaper. This was in Cambridge, and I've never had as good fish & chips since.
post #33 of 70
beef brisket ho fan (thick white noodles)
post #34 of 70
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Originally Posted by Nonk
I have heard the very same thing, but then again I am 35 and have never seen a Fish & Chip shop actually sell them in old newspaprers, pre or post ban.

The real secret is in the cooking fat and quality of spuds.

In England fish and chips were certainly wrapped in newspaper, but the food itself was not placed directly on the newsprint - plain paper or a sort of thin greaseproof paper were used. This was certainly the case in the 60s and 70s when I was growing up.

As Nonk says, the quality of the spuds and fat matters, and so does the quality of the fish. Indeed, there are distinct regional variations - in the land of unpleasant beer (the south of England), vegetable oil is used for frying, and the batter is usually a lurid yellow colour. In the north, beef dripping is still used at better fisheries, the batter is a golden brown, and the taste much better.

Alas, many places these days use revolting processed batter mixes, and many of the shops are run by Chinese, who don't seem to have the 'feel' for proper fish and chips - rather like some of the 'Chinese' take-outs in Northern ireland, run by Ulstermen.


I have had some very good steak in the US (though there sometimes seemed to be an obsession with size over quality), but far and away the best I've ever eaten was at the Naval & Military Club in London (aka The In & Out). All their beef comes from one farm in Scotland, and their meat is beautifully hung, and never frozen.
post #35 of 70
Welcome back Sir Percy.
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And Ulster will fight.
post #37 of 70
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
No fair Jon, you have a head start!


The only reason I have a head start is because Argentinean beef really fills you up... Lucky for you, VD's are less filling, and less satisfying.

Jon.
post #38 of 70
And Ulster will be right
post #39 of 70
Do you think Joyce intended it that way?
post #40 of 70
i've been told that in ireland they decided to fry snickers in the oil used for fish n' chips. has anyone tried these?
post #41 of 70
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Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
i've been told that in ireland they decided to fry snickers in the oil used for fish n' chips. has anyone tried these?


I don't know where they did it first - you can get this in the UK, and you can get it at state fairs in the US. what could be bad - batter, oil, snickers?
post #42 of 70
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Do you think Joyce intended it that way?

Labelking, I have no idea what he intended, but where I come from it is not joyce that is being quoted when this is said.


You brought it up in a food thread for some reason?
post #43 of 70
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Originally Posted by Nonk
Labelking, I have no idea what he intended, but where I come from it is not joyce that is being quoted when this is said.

I thought it was churchill's father who said this about Gladstone's Home Rule Bill. What difference does it make where you're from?
post #44 of 70
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Originally Posted by Nonk
Labelking, I have no idea what he intended, but where I come from it is not joyce that is being quoted when this is said.


You brought it up in a food thread for some reason?
Ah yes, I tend to remember this from James Joyce's Ulysses where this was quoted in the Nestor, Episode 2.

Sir Percy said Ulsterman.
post #45 of 70
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I thought it was churchill's father who said this about Gladstone's Home Rule Bill. What difference does it make where you're from?
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Have you not answered your own question, if indeed you ever actually had one rather than bandwagon jumping as you are prone to do, to express your ignornant, ill informed, simplisitic views on anything connected with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

What difference does it make where you are from?

Jesus, do you think James Joyce is routinely quoted in the Fountain, or Dee Street?

Quite why anyone felt the need to raise this in a food thread is beyond me Does the mere mention of Ulster, as made by Sir Percy have you salivating with anger?

I must mention it more often.

Anyway back to my favourite Rugby team.....
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