Top Ten Unusual British Cuisines

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food has a dubious reputation overseas for being stodgy and bland, but with
famous chefs Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver making their way to the states it’s
clear that the Brits do know a thing about cooking after all. But with every
culinary success are some strange skeletons hiding in the closet, and the
Brit’s closet is larger than most. Here’s a list of some of those dishes that
are so inexplicable that Gordon Ramsay would be turning the air blue in
frustration.

The Top Ten

1 Coronation Chicken

Coronation chicken was invented in 1953 for Queen Elizabeth IIs coronation (hence its name) and is a bright yellow chicken dish which consists of cold chicken, curry powder and other spices, herbs, and raisins in a mayo based sauce. In the UK it is used as a sandwich filling but has rightly fallen out of favour over the years due to its odd fruity taste. - fzzzbucks

2 Pig’s Trotters

There has been a huge resurgence in the use of pig’s trotters in the UK as a main dish served with beans, thanks in part to the financial crisis in the last decade. British celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is also a big fan, having worked under legendary chef Pierre Koffman who served many trotter dishes in his restaurant. - fzzzbucks

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4 Jellied Eels

The British delicacy of jellied eels originated in the East End of London in the 18th century. Money was tight in this area, and residents saved money where they could. Once caught, the eels are chopped and boiled in stock and seasoned with nutmeg and vinegar, then left to cool. The remaining liquid forms a jelly around the eels, and they are eaten like this, either alongside mashed potatoes or on their own. They are still sold in London fish and chip shops and along the seafront from vans but are more likely to be served with chilli vinegar now. - fzzzbucks

I've tried to like these but I just don't like the way they feel in my mouth. I pretend to like them because it's a British (but more English delicacy) but I don't. Now I don't feel truly British. I'm so ashamed. I've let the British people down and I can only apologise profusely. - Britgirl

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8 Bedfordshire Clanger

The Bedfordshire Clanger is a suet pastry roll with meat, vegetables and potatoes in half of it and fruit or Jell-O in the other half of it. Originally designed by the wives of agricultural workers as a packed lunch in the 19th century, this dish is supposed to be eaten from one side to eat the main, and then the other side to eat the desert, giving the hardworking men a full meal which is easily transportable. It’s still available to buy today, though is less common than some of the other items on this list. - fzzzbucks

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10 Black Pudding

Also known as blood pudding, this delicacy is made from the blood and fat of a pig which is mixed with oatmeal and suet to form a sausage. It often forms part of a traditional English Breakfast, served alongside bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, tomatoes, hash browns and mushrooms and is either fried or grilled as an accompaniment. It can, however, also be eaten cold and has even been incorporated into an ice cream, though this is unusual even by British standards. - fzzzbucks

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