Tasty Travels: Fish and Chips, England

You may know what fish and chips are, but for those who may be a little inexperienced culturally just know it is a dish that is often iconically linked to Europe (especially in the UK). But what is it exactly? Whether its being sold on the streets as a special treat or given a luxurious twist at some 5-star restaurant, this two-in-one special is loved by quite a lot of folks.
Basically, this dish is made up of a deep fried slab of fish that’s been dipped in a batter that turns crispy. This is paired with thick cut french fries (locally called “chips”) and is often topped with a delicious sauce that you can dip either fish or chip with.
Despite its seemingly being simple gastronomic make-up, small spices and details make every dish a different experience depending on how you prefer your flavors. Do you have a preference for the fish? Do you prefer having it salted or dipped in vinegar? Want to add some pickled onions? There are all kinds of small details that can help make a good dish even better.
Surprisingly, the origins of the dish aren’t exactly fully English themselves. The chips were said to be invented in either Belgium or France in the 17th century (it's never been certain where) and was even supposed to replace fish during the cold season while the rivers were frozen. At the same time fried fish was finally introduced by the Jewish refugees from Spain and Portugal.