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Old 30.08.2007, 15:56
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Would a pie floater be a pie that sits on top of yer chips or am I completely off the mark here?
It's a big bowl of mushy peas with a pie floating in it - yum yum.
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Old 30.08.2007, 15:57
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Re: Fish 'n' Chips [lack of]

As Peter Kay said, "As tha nowt moist?" hahaha

Anyhoo, much though it pains me as a Yorkshireman to ignore the chippies of Gods Own County, I have to say that the best fish and chips I have EVER tasted was from a chippy down on the seafront in Beer, Devon. Went for the name, stayed for the chips.

AFAIK, fresh caught by local fishermen (at least thats what the sign said)
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Old 30.08.2007, 16:04
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the chip van that..(someone) was referring to above... I think they mean the one that was parked outside JIms British mini market in ST.Genis.
The van was run by his son, but he moved just down the road a bit to a full scale chippie shop.. great fish n chips... nice pies...but...
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no business.... too many nights the shop was empty and he's gone out of business.

Noooo!!!! I guess I should have gone before! But it's a bit far from Lausanne....

But I have to say, I'm not sure why he was all the way out there & not closer to Geneva.
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Old 30.08.2007, 16:50
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Re: Fish 'n' Chips [lack of]

mini... Jim ( of Jims market ) explained it was all about EU laws... it was easier to get imports from England into France than Switz.. he has had his shop there for years and the chippie grew up in his parking lot... they could have used a lot more advertising tho as yes it was a long way even from GE to go for a plate of chips.
get this tho.... the son has gone from being a chippy(frier of fish), back to being a chippy ( carpenter )
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Old 30.08.2007, 16:53
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Testify!
I know what you mean - I shall be stuffing down a few chip butties as we're off to the West Country and there's some pretty decent chippes along the coast that way.

Colonel... where you off to`?.. mrs. G and I fly into Plymouth tomorrow and then drive off to our holiday cottage near Looe.
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Old 30.08.2007, 19:40
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get this tho.... the son has gone from being a chippy(frier of fish), back to being a chippy ( carpenter )
Priceless
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Old 30.08.2007, 19:41
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mini... Jim ( of Jims market ) explained it was all about EU laws... it was easier to get imports from England into France than Switz.. he has had his shop there for years and the chippie grew up in his parking lot... they could have used a lot more advertising tho as yes it was a long way even from GE to go for a plate of chips.
get this tho.... the son has gone from being a chippy(frier of fish), back to being a chippy ( carpenter )
I'm sure that was probably true 10 years ago when he started, but I think it must be easier now. I'm just guessing as there are now three American stores in Geneva, Nyon area.

It's probably OK for the supermarket to be in France as many brits go shopping in France anyway. But, I think if he opened a chippie (the fish kind) in GVA, it would do pretty well as you would higher volume of sales & you'd need less advertising as he'd have more visibility.

But he might not do as well as being the other kind of chippie! They can certainly make (i.e charge) a pretty penny!

Now I'm desperate for some fish & chips!! Ugh.... (off to check easyjet.com)
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Old 30.08.2007, 20:07
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Re: Fish 'n' Chips [lack of]

yes mini. but the american shops only do tinned goods.. nothing fresh... jim gets sausage, cheese, bread and the like and (according to jim ) that is where the import problems lie.
also..there was a brit shop in Geneva for while but again they , as memory serves also only did tinned goods.
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Old 30.08.2007, 22:15
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yes mini. but the american shops only do tinned goods.. nothing fresh... jim gets sausage, cheese, bread and the like and (according to jim ) that is where the import problems lie.
also..there was a brit shop in Geneva for while but again they , as memory serves also only did tinned goods.
Aha! I get it now... the whole meat/dairy issue!
Thanks for enlightening me!
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Re: Fish 'n' Chips [lack of]

I would say the best Fish and Chips I had was on the Isle of Wight, in Shanklin called Junes Fish Bar. The fish was so fresh and caught the same day. You could also get Scrumpys or scrumps as we used to call it. Our local Chinese had a great specialilty and that was Chips,Rice and curry sauce. Great after a few beers. And the other thing they did was Gravy and Chips, but it was so thick it got the name mud and chips.
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Old 30.08.2007, 23:46
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Re: Fish 'n' Chips [lack of]

there's a restaurant between Wadenswil and Richterswil on the lakeside - unfortunately can't rememer the name - run by a Welshman who has lived here for 30+ years. they do a great fish 'n chips + mushy peas washed down with Sarsons and Boddingtons. really really good. have been there several times and a mixture of Swiss German and Welsh is too good to miss. try it and you won't be disappointed.it's not on the menu you have to ask for it.
it's opposite that rock stone quarry place - someone will know the name but it escapes me now that i've moved away.
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Old 31.08.2007, 01:36
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Re: Fish 'n' Chips [lack of]

You Brits and your chippies. I just can't get to the bottom of this cuisine even though I've lived in the UK for 4 years and even marrying a British lass. It's greasy, salty, calorific and heart stopping not to mention the rather odd texture and taste combination of mushy peas. I guess, only a Brit could love it.
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Old 31.08.2007, 10:02
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You Brits and your chippies. I just can't get to the bottom of this cuisine even though I've lived in the UK for 4 years and even marrying a British lass. It's greasy, salty, calorific and heart stopping not to mention the rather odd texture and taste combination of mushy peas. I guess, only a Brit could love it.
Yes, British girls can be a bit like that .

But Fish and Chips, on the other hand, should conform to certain standards - the batter (preferably beer batter) should be light and crips, not at all stodgy, it's deep fried so you can't expect no oil or fat at all but it shouldn't be soggy. The fish should be just cooked, it should be flaky and moist and not stuck to the batter. The chips should made from fresh potatoes, not from frozen pre-cut ones. The best will be double fried and will be crisp on the outside and cooked but still slight firm, not fluffy, on the inside. Mushy peas - well, the name says it all. Vinegar must be malt vinegar, brewed not manuafctured. Salt is up to personal taste.

Now all we need is a slice of (white,pasty) bread and butter and a cup of strong tea and we're in heaven.
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Old 31.08.2007, 10:13
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there's a restaurant between Wadenswil and Richterswil on the lakeside - unfortunately can't rememer the name - run by a Welshman who has lived here for 30+ years. they do a great fish 'n chips + mushy peas washed down with Sarsons and Boddingtons. really really good. have been there several times and a mixture of Swiss German and Welsh is too good to miss. try it and you won't be disappointed.it's not on the menu you have to ask for it.
it's opposite that rock stone quarry place - someone will know the name but it escapes me now that i've moved away.
sorry but that stopped a while ago.

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Old 31.08.2007, 10:14
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Yes, British girls can be a bit like that .

But Fish and Chips, on the other hand, should conform to certain standards - the batter (preferably beer batter) should be light and crips, not at all stodgy, it's deep fried so you can't expect no oil or fat at all but it shouldn't be soggy. The fish should be just cooked, it should be flaky and moist and not stuck to the batter. The chips should made from fresh potatoes, not from frozen pre-cut ones. The best will be double fried and will be crisp on the outside and cooked but still slight firm, not fluffy, on the inside. Mushy peas - well, the name says it all. Vinegar must be malt vinegar, brewed not manuafctured. Salt is up to personal taste.

Now all we need is a slice of (white,pasty) bread and butter and a cup of strong tea and we're in heaven.
Ok, I'm not even from the UK and I'm desperate for your described meal.... I'm almost crying! WorldTraveller really has missed something if he has not had a good quality fish & chips!


PS, Also, the oil has to be fresh. If the place uses it's oil for too long then you get a nasty mess!
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Old 31.08.2007, 10:50
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You Brits and your chippies. I just can't get to the bottom of this cuisine even though I've lived in the UK for 4 years and even marrying a British lass. It's greasy, salty, calorific and heart stopping not to mention the rather odd texture and taste combination of mushy peas. I guess, only a Brit could love it.
Its not something us Brits eat every day (well some might I suppose ) I might have fish and chips one or twice a year even when i lived over there, its just a comforting treat every now and again like a huge super size Big Mac might be to the average American
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PS, Also, the oil has to be fresh. If the place uses it's oil for too long then you get a nasty mess!
The oil traditionally should be animal fat, i.e dripping
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Re: Fish 'n' Chips [lack of]

I was having this conversation with my dad the other day on the phone and he was winding me up at the time as he tucking into a chippy, Sausage supper to be exact. ( My mouth was watering )

By the way, I highly recomend that Indian restaurant above the ZigZag rock hotel in the Alt Stadt, cooks a blinding curry.
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By the way, I highly recomend that Indian restaurant above the ZigZag rock hotel in the Alt Stadt, cooks a blinding curry.
Khan's I think. Its not bad - best I've had here so far.
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Back in the day, I used to go to this chippy in Sunderland (dodging the burnt out cars), and they used to put some chips and batter in one of those tin foil trays, pour some curry sauce all over it, then put a cheese patty on top and put the lid on, in the process sqaushing some of the cheese patty into the chips, batter, and curry sauce.

I use to almost black out with joy.
Aaah yes. We Mackems are renowned for our culinary experimentation.

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