Where is the best fish and chip shop in Britain? Not an easy one to adjudicate, although WiC’s top two candidates are in Skye and Ullapool. However, it seems the Chinese have made their own choice by recreating one of the UK’s more popular chippies back in China. The Daily Mirror reported late last month that a Yorkshire eatery named Scotts is set to open in Chengdu after proving overwhelmingly popular with Chinese tourists. Owner Tony Webster told the Mirror that he was approached by a consortium of Chinese businessmen to “recreate Scotts” in their home city and is set to get the deep fat frying there later this month. “The partner we are working with in China said he wants two more sites there, so we are hoping to have three restaurants in China by 2020,” said Webster.
The most popular dish among Chinese visitors to Webster’s takeaway near York is cod and chips, with the chips cooked the traditional Yorkshire way in beef dripping, Scotts says. The new restaurant in Chengdu – a city best known for its panda reserve – will keep things authentic, although Webster reckons the locals’ love of spicy food might see a few tweaks “like replacing the ketchup with Sichuan chilli sauce”.
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