By: Fraser & Hoyt
(POSTED: January 20, 2005)
What's Stewing in Ireland these days?
Ireland - What to Eat?
Irish restaurant cuisine scarcely resembles the past. Young chefs have returned to their native island, training in between at Michelin starred restaurants and trendy American cooking schools. As a result you'll find Irish ingredients prepared with French or Asian techniques. But typical menus always include the traditional meat, vegetables, and potatoes.
For the Irish, salmon is king, but sole and herring are also popular. Some unique ingredients such as seaweed and sea vegetables work their way into soups, vegetables, and mashed potatoes, as in the case of champ made with dulse. Even so, meats are still a favourite judging from the variety of homemade sausages, mutton, lamb and that famous dish, Corned Beef and Cabbage.
Ireland is world famous for its oatmeal, so check it out when there. The oats have a pleasantly chewy texture, making them excellent additions to breads and also appear commonly in desserts, such as cakes and crumbles, and of course as cooked oatmeal and porridge for breakfast.
You can't explore Ireland without experiencing one of its popular exports. Crops such as barley and hops led to Ireland's most famous product: stout, a thick dark beer introduced by the Guinness Brewery. Equally as well known is Ireland's other fermented grain drink, Irish whiskey. Try them both at the neighborhood pub.
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