Ever finished a night on the town and thought to yourself ‘I just haven’t celebrated my nation quite enough today’?
We’ve all been there, and that’s where people like the good folks over at House of Shah on Hamilton’s Quarry Street can offer a helping hand.
The Indian restaurant has just added an Irn Bru Pakora to their menu – that’s a chicken pakora battered with a tangy Irn Bru after-taste – and have united two Scottish icons in the process.
— Hamilton Advertiser (@HamAdvOfficial) May 23, 2016
Naturally, even just using the word ‘pakora’ got us salivating. So we’ve taken a digital trip across Scotland’s late-night eateries and found seven other dishes that truly sum up the nation’s takeaway cuisine.
The Pizza Crunch
Most other nations look for their pizza to be soft to the touch, and gaze on lovingly as it pulls apart leaving a cheese trail stretching from the slice on your hand to its pizza brethren. Scotland, however, wants their pizza to be tough and shiny – like a tortoise.
The deep-fried pizza, lovingly known as the pizza ‘crunch’, is Scots-Italian crossover that has become a takeaway staple.
Probably because it combines the taste of a pizza with the sensation of biting into a crisp.
The Deep-Fried Mars Bar
Many chippies claim to be the birthplace of this chocolate-battered monstrosity, but the deep-fried Mars Bar is said to have first been created in The Carron Fish Bar in Stonehaven.
The deep-fried Mars Bar has become something of a tabloid villain in the last few years, but still remains a feature of many Scottish takeaways.
Cooking instructions are fairly simple for this one. Just make sure you unwrap it first.
The Haggis Pizza
The Scots-Italian twist makes another appearance, this time without the shiny coating.
Let’s be real here, why would you not add a beautiful sheep-flavoured twist to your pizza base? It’s a fusion of two fantastic worlds.
The Haggis Burrito
You have to stand up and applaud Los Cardos. The Leith Walk Mexican eatery has created their own culinary cocktail with the haggis burrito – a mish-mash of Scottish filling and North American casing.
It doesn’t stop there, you can also stuff your McSween’s into a Quesadilla and Fajitas too. Oh my.
The Macaroni Pie
If you don’t see baked goods as a viable takeaway option after a night out on the town, are you really supporting your country’s cuisine?
The macaroni pie has been tried out elsewhere, but only in Scotland is it treated like an endangered species. When baking chain Greggs decided to take it off their menu in 2015, it was met with so much uproar that even politicians felt obliged to comment.
Despite this decision, the pie lives on in a number of other independent retailers. Special mention has to go to Marco’s Fast Food in Aberdeen, who offer the macaroni pie as a supper with a side portion of chips.
Glasgow continues to be the home of invention and Bath Street foodie institution Mini Grill may have just discovered another.
Their ‘Barr-linnie’ burger is topped with Irn Bru pulled pork, Buckfast fried bacon, haggis and cheddar.
More Scottish than biting into Sean Connery’s head.
Main image: Instagram / burritosandbeer