Irish Food and Drinking Culture

Posted on: February 20 2019, By : Ayush Varhadi
Irish Food And Drinking Culture
What is Irish cuisine? Have you ever fumbled for words when asked this question by a visitor to Ireland? Should you say bacon and cabbage? Potatoes? Irish stew? Or are we now defined by our black pudding, heirloom vegetables and pig’s cheek?

You won't go hungry or thirsty in Ireland, though you may well work up an appetite for its cuisine as well as a taste for its unique passion when it comes to honest to goodness food! Ireland's new cosmopolitan and multi-cultural society is responsible for the diverse and mouth-watering dishes now available in a multitude of restaurants that span both rural and urban areas .All tastes and pockets are catered for, from the must-have take-away to a more expensive culinary experience.  Ireland's climate and location also ensures fresh, quality ingredients and world-class meat and sea-food - vital for unforgettable food. (Core HR Training with placement in Mumbai)

By its nature, studying abroad is an incredible time of exploration, but I would argue that for a country like Ireland, you can only do the country justice by understanding what it is you need to consume to get the full Irish cultural experience.(Placement consultant in India)

During my own time studying abroad in Ireland, I spent a lot of time doing my homework on this subject… perhaps too much in the case of my pub visits! Nevertheless, I can speak with complete confidence about this list of must-try foods and drinks to enjoy of while studying abroad in Ireland.

Must-Try Foods and Drinks While Studying Abroad in Ireland
  • Guinness
You’re not surprised this is at the top of the list, right? In fact, it’d be downright blasphemous if it wasn’t. When it comes to food and drink in Ireland, Guinness is ubiquitous, and it should be because it’s delectable .
Guinness is famous for its deep black color and rich, smooth texture. Its unique flavor comes from malted barley and roasted unmalted barley, with some of the barley being intentionally burnt. You may not like your first sip, but you probably won’t be able to imagine your life without it by your time of departure. The rumors are true, Guinness is better in Ireland, so soak up the experience.
  • Oysters
Let’s not forget that Ireland is an island, and its shellfish and seafood are well worth the airfare and tuition you’ll spend while studying abroad.
That being said, delicious oysters, shellfish, and seafood can be found almost anywhere. In fact, Howth, a town a short distance from Dublin, has some stellar seafood restaurants near the pier. Seafood also doesn’t have to be that expensive, so checking out markets and heading down to local wharfs and piers will help you stay within your budget.
  • Irish Stew
I can’t tell you exactly what Irish stew consists of because the Irish can’t decide on it either; if you have the chance to try a locally-made stew, rest assured it will be different at the next restaurant or pub you try it. In one place you’ll find a thick, brown gravy-like broth and in another, a broth that’s considerably thinner. My advice would be to try as many as humanly possible while on the Emerald Isle; a semester is just enough time to get a sense for whether this dish will be one of those you crave after returning home from study abroad.( best overseas education consultant for Ireland in Mumbai)
  • Irish Whiskey
Did you know the word “whiskey” is actually an anglicization of the Gaelic words for “water of life?” You know the Irish aren’t messing around when it comes to the production of this delightful liquid! Irish whiskeys don’t traditionally include much peat (which has a tendency to add a harsher, smoky aftertaste). Different parts of the country have their whiskey of choice but don’t hesitate to try them all based on where you are.
  • Colcannon
Colcannon is quite simple really -- it’s more or less just mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage and a healthy serving of butter. I first studied abroad in Ireland in 2007, and most recently in late 2017, and I can say that this dish seems to be making a revival of sorts, perhaps coinciding with the popularity of kale. Either way, it’s perfect to warm you up if you’re studying abroad in autumn, and found pretty much all over the Irish island.
  • Smoked Salmon
I could have lumped this in with #2 (oysters), but Irish smoked salmon deserves its own shout-out. Like Oysters, I’d say the best of the best can be found on the west coast, and towns such as Connemara on the edge of the Atlantic tend to boast about their salmon’s fresh, natural flavor.
  • Full Irish Breakfast
The first meal of the day is the last of the must-try dishes -- but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s not important! The Irish take the first meal of the day seriously and I, for one, respect them for it. Traditionally, Irish breakfast was a meal concocted to tide one over on a full day’s work, and it seems portion sizes haven’t changed much in the interim.

Money is always tight for students and the good news is that you can eat healthy, fresh and non-processed food at very affordable prices. However, there are also fabulously devilish deserts and dishes to opt for on those 'special occasions.'
Opening hours vary for coffee shops and restaurants but many service stations now offer an array of hot food from as early as 7am until late.  Snack food shops also open until 11pm or midnight.

You can take advice from overseas education consultant for Ireland in Mumbai who will assist you with the admission and visa processes. All the Best!
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