Thursday, 15 October 2021 09:11

Thousands queue in Japan for fish and chips from Shetland

Thousands queue in Japan for fish and chips from Shetland

Long queues have been forming in a Japanese department store for a taste of Frankie’s fish and chips, where its general manager has been cooking as part of an annual fair.

General manager of the Shetland chip shop Carlyn Kearney, and Calum Richardson of The Bay in Stonehaven who travelled with her, have been cooking up the dish at the Hankyu store in Osaka, with all of their ingredients shipped over from Scotland.

Carlyn was invited to participate in the annual British Fair there, after Frankie’s won the title of the UK’s No.1 fish and chip shop.

On their first day alone, the pair’s pop-up shop attracted queues of up to 100 people and sold more than 1,200 portions of fish and chips.

Carlyn said: “It has been incredibly busy, I don’t think I really appreciated how popular fish and chips are here in Japan.

“The people are very enthusiastic and our fish and chips have been very well received. It’s hard to believe that people in the land of sushi and sashimi have embraced fish and chips so strongly.”

The three-week long fair is run by Hankyu, the equivalent of the UK’s Harvey Nichols or Harrods. Representatives from the store, led by UK-based Keiji Hayaski, visited Frankie’s twice to help prepare for the visit.

Mr Keiji said: “There’s not a strong tradition of fish and chips in Japan, so three years ago we decided to invite Calum, as winner of the UK No.1 title that year, to come and cook at the fair.

“Since then the fish and chips shop has grown in popularity. One of the reasons I think for its success is that people can taste a different kind of fish, namely haddock.

“The nearest thing we have in Japan to batter is tempura, and people have had no problem making the jump!”

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