ENGLAND — Five Traditional Dishes

To the naive tourist and the romantic patriot, traditional English food is:

  • apple crumble and custard
  • black pudding
  • cottage pie
  • crumpet or muffin
  • fish and chips
  • hot pot
  • meat and vegetable pastie
  • pie and mash and parsley sauce
  • pork pie
  • roast beef
  • roast pork and crackling
  • sausage and mash
  • sausage rolls
  • steamed pudding
  • trifle jelly and ice cream
  • etc …

While the French and Italian influence is never far away, the major influence on traditional eating in England has been from Asia and the Indian sub-continent.

Here are five dishes from 21st century ethnic England.

Chicken Tikka Masala — chicken in spicy yoghurt sauce
Masala Dosa — fried onion, potato and spice wrap
Rogan Josh — spicy almond and lamb curry
Sweet and Sour Chicken / Pork / Prawn
Thai Green Curry — chicken / pork / prawn, coconut milk, herbs, shrimp paste, spices