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Is this the best Fish and Chip shop????

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22 hours ago, RLongden said:

The change from frying fish and chips in beef dripping to vegetable oil has without a doubt altered the taste. Plus, the traditIonal ‘chippy’ is now a rare breed, with kebabs, fried chicken and pizzas, all jockeying for position in many of the old shops.... those who have escaped the transition to the ubiquitous Chinese, Indian, Turkish, etc. takeaways.

There was a time, even in my relatively recent youth, when the chippy ‘menu’ consisted of cod, haddock, fishcake (proper ones), rissole (imposter fishcake!), roe, saveloy (latterly battered sausage), peas, curry sauce (no baked beans) and buttered bread cakes under a Perspex dome. Pukka Pies, pickled onions, eggs and the ability to buy vinegar, pop and other outsales for consumption off the premises. Waste products of scallops (the potato portion of the fishcake, fallen apart in the frier) and scraps (crunchy clumps of batter, separated from the fish.... or sometimes luckily still containing some!) were given away free on request, if they were visible in the warmer.

’Open’ was in newspaper, or plain paper, skilfully crafted (origami-style) into a perfect container for eating on-the-go (but what was the little greasproof paper bag, amongst your chips in aid of?)

’On a Tray’. As above, but the ability to securely contain ‘wet’ accompaniments, such as peas or curry. 2p surcharge over ‘Open’

‘Wrapped’. Packaged securely for eating at home/work and multiple portions of chips were merged into one amorphous mass, separated vaguely with the greasproof bag, almost guaranteed to result in a punch-up as the diners tried to divvy-up!

Wooden (lolly stick wood) forks gave way to plastic, paper wrapping gave way to polystyrene clamshell boxes and the menu expanded to include many other options, which detracted from purist chippy fare.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fish_and_chips

There may be other chippies in town that still observe the traditional ways, but one near my work on Whitt’ Moor in Chesterfield still do and although they only open two lunchtimes and three evenings a week, they have queues down the street, whenever I pass and see them open.

Happy days and how come as a kid, you could scoff them with impunity, whereas nowadays just the smell of them and you put a stone on?! :) 

 

Chippys as I remember them, my mouth is watering, somebody please go back to beef dripping chips!!

Fish and chips is not made to be dry and tasteless, we want scraps and loads of salt and vinegar!!

Thanks for sharing.

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13 hours ago, Thorntons girl said:

Sprats?? I must admit I had never heard of them, thanks for the info boginspro, what did they taste like? They certainly look tasty.

I wonder if any chippys in Sheffield do them now and if they dont they should!!

Any chip shop owners out there willing to take the challenge?!

Hello  Thorntons girl  I am not sure if they are available in the fresh form now in Sheffield but any decent fish monger would tell you about that. I think they came in on the fish trains from the east coast, they must be genuine sprats ( scientific name Spratus Spratus , I am not kidding ) because I think in recent years other small white bait have been passed off as sprats. They are available in tins I believe but not the same.  Cooked properly they are lovely but I think we first had them when I was young because they were cheap. Where I live now I catch my own fresh fish, but not sprats, the nearest I get now is battered sand eels .

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Moving slightly sideways, many of us will remember when the fish & chip shop was the only take-away available, especially in the evenings - except that it was never called a "take-away" in those days, simply "the chippy". I would guess that the next type of shop to enter the fray was the Chinese food outlet - for which the expression "take-away" was probably invented. But when? I remember the first one opening in the town where I then lived, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, about 1970, run by one Johnny Wong; but I suspect that the "chinky chuck-out" as they were rather dismissively called back then, would have arrived in big cities such as Sheffield before that.

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4 hours ago, Athy said:

Moving slightly sideways, many of us will remember when the fish & chip shop was the only take-away available, especially in the evenings - except that it was never called a "take-away" in those days, simply "the chippy". I would guess that the next type of shop to enter the fray was the Chinese food outlet - for which the expression "take-away" was probably invented. But when? I remember the first one opening in the town where I then lived, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, about 1970, run by one Johnny Wong; but I suspect that the "chinky chuck-out" as they were rather dismissively called back then, would have arrived in big cities such as Sheffield before that.

" But when? "  That is a good question and probably vary hard to answer but I am sure someone on here will have an idea. I know Chinese restaurants were covered on here but don't think chippies were mentioned. My favourite comedian Brendan Grace, did a sketch about Chinese chippies on YouTube here.    ---------     

 

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