In the UK we have the tradition of eating fish and chips on a Friday, even though it comes from a religious expectation that we shouldn’t eat meat on a Friday, over the years that reason has been mostly forgotten by a lot of people and became more of a tradition to have a chippy on a friday. I often come home from work on a Friday and think, I’m going to have fish and chips for my tea tonight, well that’s a lie I think about my tea from about lunch time, don’t most people do that?! Well for me as well I can only have fish and chips on a Friday from my local chippy because they only do gluten free on that one day, excluding Good Friday as well! So if I’m ever down the beach and think I’d love a chippy sadly I can’t unless it’s a Friday.
When I first found out my local fish and chip shop were doing gluten free Friday I was so happy, I finally got to eat something convenient that other people have as well. When you go on a strict gluten free diet you do think I’m never going to have *food type* ever again, and fish and chips from a chippy was one of those foods. I personally think they should do them everyday, you have to wait at least 20 mins when you order them because they’re that in demand! I do know there are other chip shops nearby which do them every day but this one is a two minute drive away if that.
Contamination is a very high possibility in the fish and chip shops however my local does it’s best to avoid any. A separate fryer and cooking utensils are used and all members of staff that come in contact with the food need to wash their hands and wear gloves before handling anything. It puts my mind at ease being able to see them prepare the food, knowing that I can eat it without a high risk of the food being contaminated.
So do they taste any different? Well I can’t remember what they previously tasted like but my family members say no they don’t, they taste better. The portions are very big from our local and I can’t eat a full one on my own so whether I share it with my mam or sister, they always prefer the gluten free version and will order it if they need extra for themselves. The gluten free batter on the fish makes it not as greasy (which is why my family prefer it) and you can still hear the crunch on the batter when you bite into it, which makes it not much different from any other battered fish. Chippy chips are the best kind of chips, they have their own signature taste which makes them so good. Probably because they are fried in a lot of oil and aren’t the healthiest but that’s why they’re so good!!
I don’t know about anyone else but when I go home to eat my fish and chips, I still eat them in the box, I always think they don’t taste as good eating them off the plate, is that anyone else as well or just me?!
To conclude if you haven’t found a local fish and chip shop near to yourself that does gluten free, I would recommend you find one! Now please drool over how good my fish and chips look below, enjoy!