In Which a British Favourite Becomes a Bit More Portable than Usual…

Iced Caramel Macchiato + Fish and Chips Wrap

No, I haven’t gone all English and twee and posh on you all of a sudden, dear readers.  It’s just that I find Starbucks’ most recent menu offerings are a throwback to all that is deliciously British: namely sausage rolls and this particularly savory treat: the fish and chips wrap.

Now the thing about classic fish and chips is that it quite literally is a movable feast.  While you can dine in at some chip shops in the UK, the bulk of orders are usually take-away ones that are totally noshable whilst on the go.  You know the sort: the battered fish fillet (usually cod or haddock) is cushioned by some chunkily-cut fried spuds in a cone of newspaper – a rather iconic image, really – and sprinkled with some malt vinegar or plain ol’ salt and pepper.  No frills, no fancy sauces, no embellishments whatsoever – and they’re perfect that way.

Wait: mayonnaise – with my fish and chips?!?

With that said, the Starbucks version of this classic dish may be seen as a regular head-scratcher because it wraps the battered fillet and peppery potato wedges in an edible wrapper – a flour tortilla – and dresses the lot with a dill-infused dressing made with mayo and diced hard-boiled eggs.

Now, I take issue with the flavors added by the dressing and the tortilla: the sort of curried, wheaten taste it has.  It’s not bad, really; in fact, it’s quite tasty.  However, the vibe it gives off is not about fish and chips at all!  Instead, it gives the impression of yet another British dish: kedgeree.  Kedgeree is essentially a dish made by sauteeing flaked fish with some onions and cooking it in a curry-based sauce.  Rice and sliced hard-boiled eggs are added to make it a rather substantial breakfast dish.  The vivid yellow dish is mildly spicy, creamy, and hearty – which is pretty much how I’d describe the fish-and-chips wrap.  Plus, I found it a tad too stodgy: I pretty much thought there wasn’t any fish in there – until, of course, I was nearing the end-third of the wrap.

Now, maybe the folks over at Starbucks ought to rename this as a Kedgeree Wrap.  But since most Filipinos aren’t clued in with regard to British cuisine, alas, the name Fish-and-Chips Wrap remains.

3 thoughts on “In Which a British Favourite Becomes a Bit More Portable than Usual…

  1. if starbucks coffee philippines will read this post, they may consider what they did was a misnomer for calling their new offering fish & chips.

    when we were in auckland, nz back in 2005, we got a chance to buy fish and chips wrapped in newspaper and had it as takeaway or as we call in pinas, a take out. 🙂

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