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Teenage daughter wants to know what Irish and/or British foods (or brands of food) to try while traveling in Ireland?

She asked me but I am no expert. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

asked by Sadassa_Ulna over 3 years ago
17 answers 1603 views
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HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added over 3 years ago

Not too familiar with Irish foods, but they have (in coastal areas) some beautiful high-quality seafood (e.g. salmon). If the full Irish breakfast is anything like the English breakfast, I would seek that out. Irish dairy, like their cheese and butter, is incredibly good. Cashel blue and Dubliner are some of my favorites, served with some good soda bread. And of course, she should check out Guinness. I'm not a beer person by any stretch, but I really like Guinness and anything made with Guinness, both sweet and savory. If she's 18 or older, of course ;)

For my British food list, which is much more extensive than the Irish list:
-Chip Butty (a glorious french fries sandwich)
-Bakewell Tart
-Bangers & Mash
-anything Cadbury (yes, you can get some Cadbury sweets here, but there's more variety across the pond), for example, Flake.
-Millionaire's Shortbread
-Smarties
-Damson jam
-Gooseberry jam
-Chocolate Biscuit Cake
-Eton Mess
-bacon (way way better than any bacon in the US)
-Pimm's Cup (again, she will have to be at least 18)
-strawberries & cream
-cream tea
-kedgeree, not sure if this is British or Irish, but it's a curried rice & smoked fish dish that is often served for breakfast (?). Yummy yummy goodness and a great way to start your day.
-meat pies

Wow, now I'm hungry and itching to go to London. Hope she has a great trip!

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added over 3 years ago

Thanks so much for the extensive list! I am getting hungry too reading this ;)

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Maedl

Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added over 3 years ago

This site might help:
http://goodfoodireland...

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added over 3 years ago

Thank you I will forward this to her!

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added over 3 years ago

-A proper Irish/English breakfast! Black and white pudding, beans, a roasted tomato, bacon (English), and eggs.
-Sticky Toffee Pudding
-Colcannon
-Guiness & Beef or Rabbit Stew
-Sheppard's Pie
-Lamb is always a good choice (she'll know it is local after an hour of driving around the country)
Also, depending upon where she is in Ireland, there is outstanding seafood. If she is in a place like Dingle, just go with seafood! When I visited, I was pleasantly surprised by the delicious food.

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added over 3 years ago

She is in Dooagh, the most Western point in Ireland, so I bet there is good seafood. Thanks for the wonderful list!

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added over 3 years ago

Make sure to have some good Irish butter on either wheaten bread, soda break and/or grilled/griddled potato farls! I find most of the Cadbury sweets too sweet, with one notable exception: the Bournville Old Jamaica Raisin and Rum Dark Chocolate.

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added over 3 years ago

Sounds great, I am asking her to bring me back some of the Jamaican Raisin Cadbury you recommend ;)

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pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 3 years ago

Guiness!
After that langoustine, salmon, prawns. The seafood is spectacular even if the presentation isn't. I recall being served (in Lahinch) salmon with three types of potato.

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added over 3 years ago

My replies are not going in proper order, thanks Pierino for your input!

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added over 3 years ago

This may sound surprising to the unfamiliar, but seek out curry. It won't be hard to do and it's amazing and definitely "modern British" cuisine. I had really good summer pudding and drank as much tea as I could. Avoid coffee unless she knows it's French Press, as most that is served is instant.

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pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 3 years ago

Indeed, I've had very hot curry in Dublin. The urban Irish enjoy it as much as the Brits. But it's not really "modern British". Tikka Masala is probably more English than Indian these days. England itself is now being colonized...again.

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added over 3 years ago

Thanks, she will go to Galway then Dublin so there must be curry to be found! That is very good to know about prevalence of instant coffee.

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added over 3 years ago

My reply to Pierino was meant for you (I should be asleep). Thanks for info!

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added over 3 years ago

The breakfast foods in Ireland were among our favorites. Long cooked steel cut oats with cream and fresh fruit, and especially Irish brown bread. With butter, jam or smoked salmon. We also had Indian food in Dublin and seafood in some areas, but were surprised how hard it was to find fresh seafood to cook in our rental house in Connemara in Western Ireland. Apparently a lot is shipped out to other EU countries. In Dublin, a fun place that is not Irish food, is Wagamama. It's a Pan Asian noodle chain all over Great Britain and is relatively inexpensive and popular with younger people.

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added over 3 years ago

I've been to Ireland, and my favorites ended up the simple things: hot teas, the blended veggie soups (I went in January), the brown bread and butter. I preferred the hard ciders available on tap to the Guinness (not as much a beer drinker).

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added over 3 years ago

Boiled Bacon and Cabbage, with Parsley SIce
God .. I still miss it!