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What are the National Dishes of Britain and Ireland?


What are the National Dishes of Britain and Ireland?

National Dishes

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Question: What are the National Dishes of Britain and Ireland?
Each of the four countries, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales has their own food identity and therefore own national dishes, though all dishes are eaten throughout Britain and Ireland. Each country clings fiercely to its dish, and some like England, even claim more than one.


There is much dispute about which is truly the English national dish. Number one on the list for many years has been Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings, and Fish and Chips though some argue it is possibly Chicken Tikka Masala which is now ''Britain's true national dish.''


Irish Stew is a thick hearty dish of mutton, potatoes and onions, and considered the national dish of Ireland. There is debate whether modern translations of the dish containing carrots and other vegetables are truly an Irish stew.


Haggis is regarded as the Scottish national dish. It is a sheep's stomach stuffed with offal, suet, onions and oatmeal, an exotic type of sausage. Though it was traditionally eaten only on Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) and Burns' night it is now eaten year-round.

The haggis is celebrated in Scotland's most-famous poet Robert Burns in his Address to a Haggis.


Cawl is the national dish of Wales. It is again a stew and made from bacon, Welsh lamb or beef, cabbage, leeks though recipes for Cawl vary from region to region and sometimes even season to season.

Cawl can be eaten in one bowl, though often the broth will be served first followed by the meat and vegetables.

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