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Fish and chips is a kind of food that originally came from the United Kingdom. It is a popular kind of fast food in some parts of the world. As the name says, it made of chips and a deep fried fish fillet. Shops and restaurants that have fish and chips are easy to find in England and Wales. They are common in British cities.
Traditionally, cod, haddock, or (rarely) flounder are used to make fish and chips. Of these, cod is by far the most popular. Other fish with white meat can be used as well, for example whiting or plaice. Many places that serve fish and chips have more than one kind of fish. The customers can then choose what kind of fish they want... The fish is always dipped in batter, which is a kind of liquid mixture which hardens upon frying. After that, it will be fried for a short time. The phrase 'fish & chips' implies that it will be fried in batter; of course, in a fish restaurant, grilling or boiling would be alternatives. Fish cooked like that do not have batter.
The chips are made from sliced potatoes. They are larger than French fries. Large slices of potatoes are fried.
Very often there are other side-dishes that are served with Fish and chips. They include peas, onions, gherkins, and baked beans. In Northern England there is also the variety chips and gravy (a little sauce) on the chips. It is less common in the rest of the country.
Other things to note
Very often the shops and restaurants that serve fish and chips do not have a license to serve alcohol. Some nutritionists criticize fish and chips, because the meal contains a large amount of fat.