Our Australian cousins have been berating us for how we season our fish and chips – the audacity!
Aussie posters on forum-site Reddit have slammed Brits for not using a condiment called “chicken salt”. Whatever that is…
A disgruntled foodie wrote on the sub-Reddit /AskUK : “Howdy! I’m from Australia and am just over in this sub for a bit of a sticky beak and to find out the truth to some information I uncovered today that rocked my world.
“I saw a post about chicken salt on a social media platform.
“The comment underneath that caught my eye read the problematic words of; ‘Can’t get chicken salt in the UK’."
What unusual condiments does your local area prefer to have on their chips? Tell us in the comments….
He continued: “Is it true that chicken salt is not available in the UK?
“I did some research but couldn’t find a clear answer and now am getting a lot of chicken salt related ads.
“Are you British and have tried chicken salt?
“If not, what flavourings do you eat on hot chips?”
A great debate started up in the comments.
Many Brits were, justifiably, confused about what “chicken salt” even was.
One Aussie wrote: “A sugary salty oniony taste sensation – banging on fish and chips.”
“It's a seasoning the Aussies like on their chips in place of salt and vinegar,” added another.
“Quite nice, actually, it’s mostly salt, paprika, garlic powder and powdered chicken stock.”
While a jokester said: “Ignore all of the silly answers.
“Chicken salt is salt made from finely ground chickens.”
In reality it turns out that chicken salt is essentially a form of powdered seasoning which is named something else in the UK.
A clued-up poster said: “Looking at the ingredients it’s the exact same as chicken seasoning.
“Such as the one from Schwartz which is exactly what I put on my chips at home.”
While it turns out there are some areas in Britain which use the spice mix.
A Northerner added: “Chicken salt is definitely available in the UK, it just isn't widely used.
“More popular in northern England than southern England, can't speak for the other countries in the UK.”
If you’ve ever been offered “red salt” in Yorkshire and Lancashire then you’ll have tried something very similar.
The mix of salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika does go perfectly on chips.
But, would you replace traditional salt and vinegar with it?
We’re not sure we would…
If you’re keen to try chicken salt then you can buy it from various ex-pat websites like Sanza.
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