Fish and Chips is a traditional British cuisine.
Although it was conceived by a Jewish migrant in 1860s London, Joseph Malin, who combined the Sephardi deep-fried fish with potato chips.
The combo-meal has been replicated far and wide across the UK and overseas to the point where some cultures even have their own spin on the winning formula.
A Portuguese couple have made it their life’s work to perfect the deep-fried battered recipe for their hungry customers in one of Gloucester’s most traditional chip shops, for the past 14 years.
Marcia and Eddy Soares moved to Gloucester from Madeira in 2007 to start a new life in the city and bought up Chequers Fish and Chips in Painswick Road.
They’d spent years working in family shops in the Portuguese island creating a very different type of fish and chips.
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According to Marcia, 39, the Fish and Chips Portuguese style has grilled or fried fish without batter and it is made with eggs. Plus the type of fish can vary, unlike the standard cod or haddock which Britons are accustomed to.
The foreign dish also includes a salad with the potato chip side.
The mother-of-one has said the British version is “better”.
When the couple arrived, they were “quite surprised” by how different the dish was in the UK.
“I was quite surprised as it was quite different,” said Marcia.
“In Portugal, they do it without batter and in the frying pan. They do it with egg too and flour. It’s so different than here. It’s healthier, not deep fried like we do it here.”
Marcia admits that she avoids the calorie heavy dish when she is on a diet, although her favourite item on the menu is a portion of cheesy chips swimming in gravy.
Marcia explained how the husband and wife team learned to make a classic chippy meal.
She said: “When we came to Britain, Spanish men who owned a chip shop taught my husband how to cook British food – traditional fish and chip shop food.”
Marcia and Eddy, 47, have built a happy life in Gloucester with their son Charlie, nine, who was born in the city.
They try to keep their prices down so that customers can afford a full meal with them, priding themselves on the community feel the shop has maintained over the years, with a regular portion of cod and chips coming to £6.20.