Helen Martin: Vote for your favourite chippie!

AMONG the few outlets which are thriving in Edinburgh and other cities are fast food shops, especially the beloved chippie.

Monday, 14th May 2018, 7:00 am
Fish and chips is a perennially popular takeaway choice. Picture: PA

Excitement is building for the Evening News Chip Shop of the Year 2018 – and that’s a prized and important award.

We all have different tastes they have to accommodate. I hate cod, love haddock. Hate breaded fish, love it battered.

Chippies offering pale, yellow, flaccid chips rather than firm and golden, or a thin sloppy batter rather than crispy crunch, will not get my vote.

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Fish that’s been left on a hot shelf for 15 minutes? No, serve it fresh from the fryer.

Hailing originally from the west, I loathe the eastern “brown chippie sauce” and some fryers give me a funny look when I ask for salt and vinegar.

Winning Edinburgh’s Chip Shop of the Year is almost equivalent to an Oscar or a Michelin star among chippies and is a boost for their local business. Worth a vote.