UK vs. US Questions Part One

I asked friends for questions about the UK for my kids to answer as part of their writing work. When they were shouting out responses in rapid fire I typed those, but then I had the kids take over writing for themselves. 🙂

* Popular dishes? Are the stereotypical British foods that we hear about here (in the US) actually popular?

The oldest two are on campus down in city centre and go out for lunch with friends most days. They say NOT fish and chips. It’s offered at places everywhere, but the teens don’t all like it. (Disclaimer – they love the chips! Not the fish so much.) Their friends often pick up convenience foods from the little shops and grocers, like ready made sandwiches. KFC & McDonalds are BIG here, as are Subway and Burger King. Jacket potatoes from the cafeteria or there are jacket potato food trucks. Sausage rolls from the bakeries are big – something like an american breakfast sausage but bigger, like a bratwurst, wrapped in puff pastry. Adult insert – curries are huge for take away. There are several “tortilla” restaurants down in the city, but they call them wraps instead of tortillas and are varying degrees of good. There are also Greek, Thai, ramen shops, Jamaican, Chinese but not as many as the curry places.

Cobs are a thing here. They’re soft, big dinner rolls and they come with various fillings – Ben says anything you can stick in a sandwich, but also sometimes just bacon. Literally. Only bacon. They may add egg, but you’ll see “bacon cob” at shops all over. Or chip cobs! A bread roll with french fries & ketchup inside it.

* Donut shops, to answer Sage! 😀 C says, “There’s a donut SHOP. Singular.” We have a Krispy Kreme that just opened up and it’s £2-£3 PER DONUT, which is $3-$4 each. There’s also a “local” donut shop that costs almost the same, but we’ve not tried them. We do have donuts available at some grocery stores (like Lidl) and in some bakeries, that are about $1/donut and they’re okay – but not like the warm, soft ones you get in Denton that are freshly baked. However, we have bakeries everywhere and they have pain au chocolat, eclairs, breads, cupcakes, croissants, etc. And those are way cheaper than the donut shops, like $.60 for a chocolate croissant.

* What kinds of new local dishes have you guys learned to love? (I’m having the kids type their own responses to this.)

J:fish & chips, pain au chocolat, croissants, sticky toffee pudding, drinks: fizzy lemonade, dark
hot chocolate; i miss rootbeer

Emy: I miss Baby Ruth chocolate bars and Root beer.
I really like Sticky Toffee Pudding, Mushy Peas (as long as they don’t have mint extract in them that’s just gross), Fish & Chips, Curry, Quorn (fake meat), Eclairs, Cherry Bakewell Tarts, Mince Pies, and Marzipan.

O: pizza. pita. sticky toffee pudding. ice lollies/ice cream. chocolate. food. all food.

C: Sticky toffee pudding is definitely a delicious dessert to try. I had it shortly after moving here and I doubt that I’ll ever stop eating it. However I much prefer onion bhaji. Not only is it tasty but it’s also really easy to pack and carry.

M & B to come later…

We’ll do a best of list (with photos, if we can!) for Abbie to come. For worst foods, O says curries. She hates the spice. When we first moved here only a couple of the kids would even try curries, but now five of the six all say they like them and will snitch even my spiciest curries when Kit gets me takeaway.

Stereotypical British Food by Ben:

pasties – pasties are basically a dry pot pie you can hold.

meat pies – they are pastries full of meats and sometimes beer and NO VEGETABLES AT ALL.

bangers & mash – mashed potatoes with gravy and sausages (sometimes the sausages are vegetarian ) and always peas.

puddings that are not a dairy based dessert: any type of dessert or a rather weird tasting yogurt. Side note about puddings: they can also be a steamed cake, puddings are strange.

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