Exploring British food

International students often find an array of exciting experiences to discover while studying in UK such as places to visit, food to try and people to meet.

British food reflects the distinctive tradition to be explored and savoured by international students while studying in the UK.

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Britain has a diverse menu of traditional food such as:

  • Sunday Roast: roasted meat with all the trimmings, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing and vegetables.
  • Full English Breakfast: sausages, bacon, hash brown, baked beans, toast, fried egg, grilled tomatoes and so on.
  • Fish and Chips
  • Bangers and Mash: A very simple meal with sausages and mashed potato served with onion gravy.
  • Yorkshire Pudding: A savory accompaniment to meat.
  • Toad in the Hole: Similar to Yorkshire Pudding but with sausages placed in the batter.
  • Bubble and Squeak: Leftover vegetables such as potatoes, peas, cabbage, carrots, Brussels and sprouts put together and fried.
  • Haggis: A famous dish from Scotland. Made from sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, minced with onion, oatmeal, suet (beef fat) and spices and boiled in a sheep’s stomach.


“Families in the UK often eat a traditional ‘Sunday roast’ on Sundays, which is served with roasted meat, Yorkshire pudding and gravy,” said Mary Hammond, a 77-years-old retired teacher.

Mary added that it’s a tradition for her family to come together weekly and cook a wide spread of food ever since she was young.

Through food, international student can learn about British culture as it become a more integrated piece of the local culture.

Moreover, cooking and sharing a traditional meal from home country is a great way to make new friends and exchange cultures for international student in UK.


Coming from a different culture, students may find British food is a change from what they’re used to in their home country.

Chiam Tow Cheng, Malaysian student from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) said that British food has its unique taste and concept, which is a nice change from Malaysian food.

“The English breakfast I tried here tastes delicious and the portion is quite big, you can’t have a traditional English breakfast like this back in Malaysia,” she said.

“Before we came to UK, we researched about what kind of British food should we try and the first thing we did when we arrive is to try the fish and chips over here,” said Cherry Kam, an international student from SHU.

“British food seems to be rich in butter, milk and potatoes, while Malaysian foods are richer rich in oil, coconut milk and spices,” she added.

However, both types of food are equally tasty in their own unique ways.

-Story and Video by Josephine Chua
-Photo by Josephine Chua and Mabel Yan

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