What to eat in Derry
Traditional Derry food draws on ingredients that have been grown locally for hundreds of years such as potato and wheat. There is also a considerable amount of seafood in Northern Irish cuisine as the Straits of Moyle produce fantastic salmon, trout and shellfish. Some authentic Northern Irish dishes to try on your Derry holiday are:
- Potato and Parsley soup: This hearty winter dish is most often made with potato varieties such as Pent, Dell and King Edward to give the soup a thick and creamy texture, then sprinkled with parsley for extra flavour.
- Scallop and mushroom pie: Usually containing a mix of fish such as haddock and scallops, this delicate dish was traditionally baked and served in individual scallop shells but is now most often served in a small ovenproof dish.
- Dulse: Traditionally eaten as a snack food in Northern Ireland, dulse is a type of red seaweed that can be served raw or air-dried. It has a salty taste and is said to have many health benefits.
- Vegetable roll: Don’t be fooled by the name; this delicacy consists of thick slices of meat seasoned with fresh vegetables and served with mashed potato or champ.
- Porter cake: This moist fruitcake was originally made with a light variety of stout called porter that isn’t produced anymore. It is now made with dark stout and is an indulgent treat.