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Top 10 Gross UK Foods?

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Well, personally I think offal is awfully good when prepared correctly, but CH Addict wanted y'all to see this article...linked below.

Link: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/04/...

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  1. This is simply a list of all 20 things english people eat,
    ranked from worst to best. Except they forgot fried toast.

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    1. re: Jef

      I love fried bread (as we called it in scotland).....in fact now that i'm in s.f. i occasionally fry up some sourdough! delish bacon fat but yes, so unhealthy!

      1. re: Alison

        Oh right. Calling it "fried toast" is a bit like calling regular toast
        "toasted toast". Does banana custard mean something different
        over there than it would in the US? Or are English cooks truly so
        bad that even when they cook things as inherently tasty as banana
        custard, it comes out tasting like tripe?

      2. Wierd. I don't see how anyone could find items 15-20 objectionable. I think they're delicious.

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        1. re: Humbucker

          I have paid good money for more than half the items on that list. How could anyone not like menudo?

          If you remove these items from the British diet, what remains besides white bread and baked beans? Oh, right, donner kebab.

            1. re: Shep

              Was the "donner" kebab popularized by the famous Donner Party?

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            Mike McElliott

            OK, so maybe the deep-fried Mars Bar is, if not "gross", at least aesthetically challenging. But the rest....what's the fuss? And by the way, (I'm nearly afraid to ask), what's a "faggot".

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            1. re: Mike McElliott

              As they say, a recipe is worth 1,000 words.

              Link: http://www.blunham.demon.co.uk/Yorksg...

              1. re: Gary Soup

                Looks good. If my blood ever gets back to where you can actually see through it I'll have to try some.

            2. Umm--bloaters, really rank ones, didn't make the list. Pity.

              1. Actually, the one thing I could not stand is marmite. I had black pudding, no biggie. Haggis was pretty good, fried Mars bars was gross because I kept thinking about what it was doing to my arteries.

                1. The only item on the list that I would prefer to let go was the deepfried Mars bar, just for the wretched effect it'd have on my triglycerides. I thought everything else looked pretty good...and I'm from Illinois!

                  1. So many of these foods possess the "ick" factor for people, and they can't get past that to try them. That means more tripe, blood sausage, and head cheese for me!

                    Growing up, if something unfamiliar appeared on my plate, I knew enough not to ask what it was. (My dad foraged!) I had to have at least one bite. Sometimes I'd ask for some more of "that", and other times I'd say, "I've had a'plenty". My upbringing has served me well.

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                      Amuse Bouches

                      I understand that many people find offal icky (though I love black pudding), and I'll agree that haggis can have a strong flavor of urine (and why is steak and kidney pie not on that list?) but rhubarb? Rhubarb is delicious or at the minimum inoffensive. Rhubarb?

                      And while bad chicken tikka masala can be gross, a decent version is pretty much universally beloved, isn't it?

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                      1. re: Amuse Bouches

                        I think you need to buy better haggis,minor certain why it would ever taste of urine.....and the same for kidneys. Find a better butcher.

                      2. What do people have against beets? Not to metion, as did another poster, that items 15-20 sound good. Beets are sweet. People are supposed to like sweet stuff. Maybe it is because they tried them as kids and decided they didn't like the earthiness? Really, though, I don't get it. TANGENT:Same with mayo. Most people that I know who claim they don't like mayo haven't tried it since they were five. What is not to like about eggs and oil and lemon juice? Do these same people hate hollandaise? By all calculations they should. Ok, done now.

                        1. dh/ds and myself, never had a bad meal anywhere in the UK. so I can't help here. I think their food is very under rated.

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                            Niki Rothman

                            That website is offering secret Olive Garden recipes in case you're interested.

                            1. As a non-brit, what I find fascinating and repulsive about UK food is the NAMES that are given to some dishes..just so unappetizing. Toad in the hole, spotted dick, bangers and mash, horrible.

                              1. Most things in that list are gag worthy! I get tripe and even brawn, but who the hell came up with black pudding? I can see it now.. drunk guy to another drunk guy "hey lets mix pork blood with oatmeal and cook it in intestine!"

                                Deep-fried Mars bar = And they say American's eat unhealthy? LMAO

                                Now tapioca is actually good as a sweet pudding and marmite while an acquired taste is very good. Semolina is what my Texan mother used to make for breakfast.. like a porridge. Ever have cream of wheat or cream of the west??

                                Pickled beets is something that was always around our house growing up, I don't see how that is unusual.

                                Sandwich spread = Like potted ham or tuna?
                                Chicken tikka masala = this is gross how?
                                Rhubarb = Strawberry Rhubarb pie = yum!
                                I love tomato soup, but not English varieties.

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                                1. re: TheSuperJodi

                                  err, no ....more like one peasant to another "this is the only pig we're going to have this year, so let's make sure we eat everything but the oink".

                                  1. re: TheSuperJodi

                                    Sandwich spread was a Heinz product. It came in a jar and was diced vegetables in a salad cream like sauce.

                                    There is a famous Barry Humphries (Dame Edna), when he used to fly to London from Australia he would take a jar of sandwich spread with him. Then ask for a sick bag, surepticously fill the bag with the sandwich spread, then pretend to throw up. He would then take a spoon from his pocket and eat the contents of the sick bag much to the horror of fellow passengers.

                                  2. It's an interesting list of 20 foods a survey said we think are crap. They didnt survey me - and perhaps just as well if they were looking for crap. Several of the listed items would be among my favourite regularly eaten foods and there's only jellied eels that I would generally decline to eat.

                                    I suspect that many people have replied "crap" without ever tasting the food. Tripe is a rarity these days - you really have to go to a northern working class market, like the one at Bury, to find it. Black puddings are commonplace, although the best are generally regarded as also coming from Bury.

                                    The deep fried Mars bar is something of a joke but is now not uncommon in Scotland. A fish & chip shop in Stonehaven started doing it, almost as a satire on the poor diet that many Scots are known to have. Perhaps needless to say, it caught on. Of course, more refined diners don't deep fry it - we melt it down into a sauce for ice cream.

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                                    1. re: Harters

                                      it's also written by and for IT guys....not exactly a hotbed of culinary sophistication.

                                      The only truly horrible meal I have had in the UK was a "Chinese night" buffet at a hotel in Southampton now some 15 years ago. It was truly dismal...but I'd flown in that morning, was utterly shattered, and it was cold, wet, and blowing a full gale outside, so I really didn't care. At that point it was warmer than me and fuel before I stumbled off to bed at 9:30.

                                      I've had some truly lovely carvery lunches in pubs all across the country. One of the best was not far from you, Harters -- sitting on a sun-soaked hillside in the Peaks, thinking seriously about drinking the house-made custard straight from the jug, rather than pouring over the lovely sponge it was served with.

                                    2. So tired of British food bashing threads. Just spent a week back in London and had incredibly good food everywhere, menus were interesting compared to the same items on so many American menus.

                                      Americans also eat canned tomato soup, canned spaghetti, beets, rhubarb to name a few. Grits is not unlike semolina/tapioca in consistency.

                                      Tell me where food in most US diners/sports bars and average restaurants is good? I see so little variation between the gazillions of chains all around the US that I would be hard pressed to tell you which one I am in.

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                                      1. re: smartie

                                        Your question doesn't make sense.

                                        1. re: smartie

                                          That list was the result of a survey by Olive , a U.K food magazine, so respondents were likely British. If you google “disgusting American food” you’ll find no shortage of similar lists. We regularly discuss, what some consider to be, bad U.S. food on these boards, people “confessing” what crap food they ate, what chain food junk they indulged in. So what? Discussing specific dishes that some consider to be nasty is not an indictment of a whole country’s cuisine. I believe that most visitors to the U.K. would agree that British cuisine is world class.
                                          As for not being able to differentiate between all the U.S. chains, the answer is simple, don’t go to chain restaurants.

                                        2. Looking at the list many of these are foods of my childhood, but now they are old fashioned and probably quite rarely seen for most people.

                                          Knowing Olive Magazine I assume it's a list of food from peoples past and know they have moved on to "better foods" they look back with horror on the food of the past.

                                          I suspect most people in the UK view these foods as mythical horrors that they have never tasted but that have been pilloried in comedy program's etc. Tapioca, Semolina and Bananas in custard were all school lunch standards and thus many people of my age grew up with bad claggy versions, thus the butt of much comedy.