Home / Lifestyle / News

Fish and chips helping British food drive to China | Updated: 2014-07-08 11:14

Britain of course is famed for its traditional dish of fish and chips. Indeed generations of Chinese families have made their fortunes in England opening their own 'fish and chip shops'.

And it seems people in China and Asia are eager to sample what is the staple diet for millions of families in Britain. Among the most popular foods exported to Asia from Britain in the past year included fresh fish worth more than 100 million pound (171 million U.S. dollars), potatoes (for the chips!) worth over 7 million pounds, green peas worth almost 7 million pounds and almost 400,000 pounds worth of sausages coated with batter.

UKTI Chief Executive Dominic Jermey said: "It is clear the Asian palette is not only accustomed to, but is now demanding British cuisine. This has led to a sharp rise in British chefs exporting their services to the Asia market."

No self-respecting British family will tuck into a meal of fish, chips and mushy peas without the all important condiments. And similarly in Asia it was the same story, with condiments worth over eight million pound exported from the UK. It included tomato ketchup, mustard and soya sauce.

Northern England restaurant, Sweet Mandarin, based in Manchester, is currently exporting 6 million pounds worth of its British produced Chinese sauces to China.

A typical English family will consume a cup of tea with their fish and chip meal, and tea worth 8 million was exported in the past year from the Britain to China, another classic case of 'taking coals to Newcastle'.

The desire of diners from China and other regions to enjoy British food is crucial to the British economy, says UKTI. More than 380,000 people currently work in Britain's 7,700 food businesses, contributing more than 24 billion pounds to the British economy.

The banquet proved to be a fitting finale to China Week at the International Festival of Business, currently taking place in Liverpool. It is the biggest business event anywhere in the world this year, and the largest business showcase in the Britian for more than 60 years. (1 pound = 1.71 U.S. dollars)

Previous 1 2 Next

Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349