A fish supper is the most popular take away of choice after a good night on the bevvy. Dundee claims to have sold fish and chips first in Scotland in the 1870’s – it was supposedly sold by a Belgian immigrant in the city’s Greenmarket area.
Haddock or Cod are the main fish used in most chip shops.
In Edinburgh, fish and chips are traditionally served with salt ‘n’ sauce. In Glasgow, it is always salt ‘n’ vinegar which they claim is the correct and only way to serve fish and chips.
Being from Edinburgh, where we know best! It is always salt ‘n’ sauce for me.
Years ago when I first went to London and asked for a fish supper in the local chip shop nobody knew what I was talking about, I thought everywhere in the UK called it a fish supper.
Scotland’s most famous chip shop is probably the Anstruther Fish Bar it has queues each evening, with people waiting to taste the freshest fish and chips around. It has won numerous awards throughout the years and is busy all year round.
Tae a Fish Supper by Jock Smith
Fair fa’ yer sonsie haddock or plaice,
Great chieftain o’ the battered race;
wi’ vinegar laced an’ chips an’ peas,
A sicht tae mak ye weak at the knees.
Wi’ plastic knife I stab ye braw,
An’ then staun back an’ stare in awe.
Wi’ a smell like you it is nae wonder,
My bellie rumbles, lood as thunder.
Is there that ower his haggis an’ neeps,
Or ower his Irish stew he peeps,
Wi’ envious glances at my plate,
Wishin’ it was you he’d ate.
A dish like you I hae each day,
As lang as yer din the Itie way,
Wrapped in the Daily Record ye lie,
A finer feed ye’ll never spy.
O’ Lord, forget yer breed an’ jam,
Or great big pieces wi’ lumps o’ spam.
Tae let me ken I wilna suffer–
Jist gae me a big fish supper.
(This was printed in the 1985 Burns Chronicle.)
Scottish Word of the Day!
Braw – fine, pleasant, attractive, pretty wonderful grand, super
She’s a braw lass! – She is an attractive girl
It’s a braw, bricht, moonlicht nicht the nicht“ – It is a wonderful, bright, moonlit night tonight)
It’s wis a braw day the day – It was a grand day today