Everyone has their favourite order from every takeaway site that they use, whether it is a meat feast pizza, tikka masala curry or a doner kebab, we know what we like. This is exactly the same when you visit a fish and chip shop. There will be members of the family that always go for cod and others that you can guarantee will choose a battered sausage.
One part of the order that can often be overlooked, yet has the power to completely transform a meal, is the sides and sauces. Every local chippy will offer a selection of extras to go with your chosen meal and ChefOnline have put together a list of the nation’s favourites. Don’t forget to add these to your order next time you have an online takeaway.
You will find that in the north of the country mushy peas are an absolute must when you go to a chippy. While most areas throughout Britain now offer mushy peas with fish and chips, they are expected more in the north. Chip shops make mushy peas in a way that is almost impossible to replicate at home, so forget about garden peas or tinned mushy peas, these really are the best you’re going to get. Yes, they might not look appetising but you absolutely have to try them.
If you’re looking for a slightly different taste to this classic meal, then curry sauce is the way to go. You can quite literally spice up your standard order by asking for a curry sauce, don’t worry if you’ve not had it before they usually come in a separate pot. This creamy curry sauce is often compared to a Chinese curry and the flavour can differ slightly depending on which chip shop you go to. You can thank us for this one later.
We have the northerners to thank for this fish and chip shop side too. It isn’t uncommon for people to have this other forms of potato so, gravy and chips really isn’t that strange when you think about it. We can also confirm that it is delicious. The gravy that you get in fish and chip shops isn’t your standard watered-down gravy you expect on your roast dinner, it is a thicker liquid that is full of flavour.
When you order cod or any other fish dish from your local chippy then you shouldn’t even think twice about ordering a side of tartare sauce too. They really are the perfect pair. Some people may see it as a fancy mayonnaise, in the UK, standard tartare sauce recipes typically add to the mayonnaise base capers, gherkins, lemon juice and dill. We find it hard to believe that anyone hasn’t already tried tartare sauce but if you haven’t, definitely get some with your fish next time your order.
Bread and Butter
A simple yet effective accompaniment to any order at a chip shop. You can’t beat a chip butty and many people will not consider a chippy tea complete without a slice or two of buttered white bread. You may find that lots of chip shops offer bread rolls instead of slices of bread, but it will all do the same job.
This side is originally a by-product of the fish frying process. It may sound strange but these loose crumbs of batter are sometimes offered as an extra topping in fish and chip shops. You may not find this on a menu, but if you ask your local chippy if you can have them, they don’t mind adding them on top of your chips. Some say that the batter is the best part of the fish so extra of this crispy coating is always a bonus.
Pickled Gherkin, Egg and Onion
Three incredibly controversial side orders that you will find in huge jars in almost every fish and chip shop is pickled gherkins, eggs and onions. They are not everyone’s idea of a tasty side but some people can’t resist them. You will find pickled gherkins in burgers and other dishes but it is very rare to come across a pickled onion or egg anywhere other than a chip shop. They are worth a try, at least once.
Ordering fish and chips
Now you know exactly which sides and sauces you need to order with your fish and chips you just need to find the best chip shop to order from, therefore, ChefOnline is the website you need to visit. They can provide you with all of your local fish and chip shops, their menus and any other information you may require before you order. You can quickly, and easily, order food deliveries online with ChefOnline and try all of these tempting sides.