Each of the four countries, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales has their own food identity and therefore own national dishes, though not exclusively. You will find that all the dishes are eaten in all the countries. Having said that, each country clings fiercely to its dish, and some like England, even claim more than one.
Fish and Chips by the Seashore
Eating fish and chips (fries) from a newspaper?? Why yes! That is the ONLY way to eat them and ONLY by the seashore! Ask anyone from the UK and they will tell you. It’s the atmosphere that makes them SO good! This was voted as one of the UK’s all-time favourite meals!
The secret to making Yorkshires, as they are fondly known, is to pour well rested, cold batter into slightly smoking hot fat and put immediately back into a really hot oven. It is as simple as that.
Roast Beef – One of The UK’s Most Loved Foods
Yorkshires and Roast Beef – you will think you have gone to heaven! This delectable combination is the national dish of the UK and is the ultimate meal.
Irish Stew is undisputedly the national dish of Ireland. This is a thick hearty dish of mutton, onions and potatoes. There is some controversy of today’s version of the dish containing carrots and other vegetables, but the original recipe is the true winner of this appointment.
Haggis is regarded as the Scottish national dish. It is a sheep’s stomach stuffed with offal, suet, onions and oatmeal, an exotic type of sausage. Though it was traditionally eaten only on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) and Burns‘ night it is now eaten year-round.
The Haggis is celebrated by Scotland’s most-famous poet, Robert Burns.The Haggis was immortalized by the poet in the 18th century and celebrated in Scotland and throughout the world on Burns Night, January 25th, in his memory. It is eaten with Tatties (mashed potatoes) and Neeps (turnip or swede) alongside other Scottish favorites such as Cock-a-Leekie (vegetable) Soup and Crannachan, a dessert made from raspberry, toasted oatmeal and cream.
Cawl (pronounced “cowl”) is the national dish of Wales. This delightful stew is made from Welsh lamb or beef, bacon, leeks, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, turnips, bay leaf, thyme, pepper. Cawl vary from region to region and sometimes even season to season.Cawl can be eaten in one bowl, though often the broth will be served first followed by the meat and vegetables.