These Fish and Chips Are Properly English—except They’re under PHP200

January 28, 2020

Fish and chips are a quintessential English dish. In fact, you’ll find “chippies” all around London. However, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that sells anything below 5 euros (around PHP 280). But we’re in the Philippines, damn it; and we’ve found a way to deliver the iconic fried combo to your homes for only—wait for it—PHP 190 per person (!!!).

Call us your very own chippy.

Excitement aside, this recipe is fool-proof way to get crunchy fish with tender meat and extra crispy fries. (We wiped out the plate in record time.) Just follow the recipe to a T. Add whatever sauce (though that’s not part of the budget, we’re pretty sure you’ll still be under PHP200) you like to complement the dish. We were all pretty satisfied with just ketchup.

Fish and Chips

  • Serves: 2 people
  • Active time: 45 m
  • Total time:
  • Difficulty: Easy



  • Oil, for frying
  • 3 large potatoes
  • ½ cup flour
  • Salt, to taste


  • 1 cup soda water
  • 1 cup flour + 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Salt, to taste


  • 2 large cod fillets, about 1 ½ - 2 pounds total


  1. Preheat oil to 350F.
  2. Cut potatoes into thick fries about ¼ inch thick, then soak in a bowl of water for 15 minutes.
  3. While fries are soaking, combine salt and flour in a large bowl.
  4. Remove fries from the water and pat completely dry with paper towels.
  5. Add the cut potatoes to the flour and toss until coated, shaking off the excess.
  6. Fry the floured potatoes in the oil until crispy, about 5-8 minutes.
  7. Remove fries from the oil and drain on a cooling rack or on paper towels.
  8. For the fish batter, whisk together soda water, 1 cup flour, baking powder, and salt.
  9. Place 1 cup of flour in a separate bowl or plate.
  10. Dredge each piece of fish in flour then dip into batter.
  11. Carefully lower the fish into the hot oil and fry until crisp, puffed, and browned, about 5-8 minutes per piece.
  12. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  13. Serve fish and chips together, with any desired sauce or vinegar.​
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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