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[00:00:29] In this episode, I want to talk about chippy tea. What is chippy tea? Well in the UK, a chippy is a shop where you can buy fish and chips as well as other foods.
[00:00:45] And when we say tea, we actually mean dinner. So basically a chippy tea is when you have fish and chips for dinner
[00:00:57] it's a very casual expression.
[00:01:00] In formal speech you could say, shall we have fish and chips for dinner tonight?
[00:01:07] But in casual conversation, you would say, Let's go get a chippy tea.
[00:01:13] However, chippy tea is not just fish and chips. A chippy tea can include other foods too, such as battered sausage, steak pie or chicken nuggets.
[00:01:28] In addition, there are three main side dishes you can choose when you get a chippy tea. These are mushy peas, gravy, or curry sauce.
[00:01:40] Sometimes British people will even put the chips between two pieces of bread to make a chip sandwich. We call this a chip butty.
[00:01:50] Butty is just another word for sandwich in the UK.
[00:01:55] Maybe it sounds a little strange and it's not healthy at all, but it's so delicious.
[00:02:02] Personally, I don't have chippy tea too often. Maybe I only eat it once every three or four months. Though it's something that I always look forward to.
[00:02:14] Chippy tea is popular all over the UK. Every family enjoys chippy tea.
[00:02:21] But in my city, Liverpool, people absolutely love a chippy tea. They go crazy for it.
[00:02:29] And actually, the UK's oldest man, who is also from Liverpool, said that his secret to a long life was eating a chippy tea every Friday. Now he's 109 years old.
[00:02:45] Like I said earlier, chippy tea is not healthy. It's basically a lot of fried foods, but because he looks forward to chippy tea every week, it gives him a reason to keep living.
[00:02:59] And a few years ago, sir Paul McCartney, the member of the Beatles, played a live show in Liverpool. After the show, he bought chippy tea for everyone in the audience.
[00:03:12] So I think chippy tea is especially popular in Liverpool.
[00:03:18] It's also a tradition in the UK to eat chippy tea on a Friday. This is because a long time ago, Christians didn't eat chicken, beef or pork on Fridays, but they still ate fish. So Friday became the day where people would eat fish and chips often.
[00:03:39] And in recent years, the first Friday of June is known as national fish and chips day in the UK. So on this day, almost everyone has a chippy tea.
[00:03:52] How about you? Have you ever had a chippy tea before, or are there any similar traditions in your country? As always, please let me know.
[00:04:04] I once had a chippy tea at an Irish pub in Kyoto a few years ago. It was actually quite good to be fair, though I think if you want a proper chippy tea, you need to come to the UK.
[00:04:18] But anyway, I think that's all for today's podcast. As always. Thanks for listening guys, and see you again in the next episode.
[00:04:27] Take care and have a good one.
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