When it comes to eating fish and chips, we all love that first taste of biting into that glorious, golden, fluffy chip. The amount of times we have stood at a counter at the local chippy scoffing on any the kind people behind the counter are willing to dish out whilst you wait has left me wondering how should you eat your chips? We’ll we’ve decided to take the mystery out of the secret eating habit of the chip connoisseur.
The chip itself
A chip is a chip right?
There are many different kinds of chips we could be talking about. From your oven roasted variety to your gourmet, soil covered, organic experiment. We are however talking about our fish and chip, chip; ranging from golden, crispy and fluffy to chewy, slightly caramelised at the tips variety.
Fry it once or thrice?
We’d like to thank Nigella Lawson and other famous chefs that have told people how to fry a chip; they are however professionals and we advise that unless you want to spend hours getting the the heat right the amounts of oil required and so on, you may want to consider the whole frying experiment.
A thrice fried chip is quintessentially like looking at a monet and trying to find fault, but is that the way you want to enjoy your chips? Surely you just want to sit down, and enjoy the finest that a waxy king edward potato has to offer, no?
Sauces, dips and herbs
When it comes to sauces we’ve seen many a debate on twitter around this, we even accidentally instigated one. 50% liked ketchup, 50% liked brown sauce. We aren’t going to tell you what sauce to have but here are a few other suggestions;
Chips and Gravy
Longtime the go to sauce and chip flavour combination that has had many a grown man shed a tear of joy and goes perfectly well with a nice bread roll or is that a batch… another debate ensues.
Chips and Curry
Well, apart from our curry being loved by many a great patron, chips and curry is the quintessential fusion cooking of a generation. Salty carbs, spicy fruity sauce, hello Great Britain, it’s up there with the Magna Carta and the TV as an invention!
Chips and Beans
Newcastle and England legend, Alan Shearer said that the secret to his goal scoring success is down to a pre evening match diet of “chips, beans and chicken”. With 422 goals in all competitions, we aren’t going to argue with that!
Chips and Peas
You have chips, and now you have peas, place them together and you get a flavour combination that Gordon Ramsay wish he’d invented! They should be salty and tangy, or else, what’s the point?!
Chips and Tartar
Tartar sauce is for fish, or so you thought until now. Tartare is a perfect dipping sauce, it’s meant to bring out a range of flavours that you wouldn’t usually have, and yes, capers are perfect with chips.
Chips and Aioli
If you’ve never had aioli, then now is your time to go and make your own (or pick up a jar) and try it with some lovely, succulent chips; it’s amazing.
Chips and Rosemary
OK, too much rosemary and you’ve effectively taken a spade to eat your ramekin souffle’ – it doesn’t work. But a sprinkle of rosemary and dried garlic and you my friend, have just taken the lonesome chip to michelin star status.
What to drink?
Chardonnay, prosecco, cherry cola, chocolate milk or, and the preferred, a strong cup of tea!
Where and when?
A chip can be enjoyed at any time after 10am but here are some chip pro tips;
- You need to be hungry but not near tipping point, you want to savor the flavour not wolf it down like you haven’t eaten in weeks avoid all the chewing required.
- Your home is an acceptable place to eat chips, as are park benches, in field of lavender or better yet, at your friends house so they have to deal with the rubbish.
- Mini blue forks are good if you’re trying to look good in front of a date, but fingers are recommended at all other points of the eating habits of a chip enthusiast.
Where? Well, the local chippy is always a good start, failing that, at home with someone looking like they’ve been in a fight with a chip pan. (You’ll instantly recognise the look)
How do you like to eat your chips? What flavours do you like to have with your chips? Sauces or herbs? We’d love to know, why not leave a comment with us on this blog or on our Facebook page.