As far as regional foods go, I have tried to experience each and every one I could. This led to me having some very tasty things. This also led to me having black pudding. I will get to that in a later post. First up I want to discuss haggis. Face value, given just the list of ingredients in haggis, one may shy away from ordering such a thing. I made a promise to myself and to Sir Ian Mackellen (though he is, was and never WILL be aware of said promise) that I would try haggis. Also a dude from new Zealand recommended I try it. (He isn’t a stranger though, we drank plenty of beer together. Drinking beer is like a magical bond between men. Share a beer with a man, and suddenly it’s “sure! I trust you with my children, you convicted child molester/murderer. This Coronita certainly hit the spot amigo. Or should I say cerveza? Or should I say pour favor? My Spanish is pretty terrible. Which one of those means ‘hot’ again?”. ”uhh none?”)
Okay, I let that one get away from me a bit. Reeling ‘er back in, decided that I would try haggis.
Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish made with sheep’s Pluck (Heart, lungs and liver) as well as oatmeal, spices, onion, Suet (Hard fat from around the kidneys and loins). Originally this concoction was boiled in the sheep’s stomach for 3 hours. Now I can only IMAGINE the early attempts of cooking this, until they found that balance of ingredients and cooking time.
And I thought they smelled bad..................................On the outside!
I had haggis in two forms. Once on a burger, and once with the traditional “Haggis Neeps and Taties” or, for normal English speakers: Haggis, parsnips, and mashed potatos.
Hard Rock burger:
You can't really see it, but there's haggis under that cheese.
Look at that masterpiece. A delicious burger- topped with tasty haggis, two slices of cheddar, and I can only assume blessed by the gods before being sent out to your face hole.
This was the first thing I ate in Scotland. It was wonderful. The flavours and textures that dance around your tongue are miraculous. You have this wonderfully soft bun, and a hefty beef patty, and you have cheese. They serve the toppings on the side (Lettuce, pickles, tomatoes), so dress it up however you want. The thing that makes this burger TRULY unique and delicious in my mind is the haggis they add on top.
It kicks it up a notch. There are some burgers that change you forever- a burger so divine, your mouth weeps and your eyes salivate (and no I did NOT write those backwards). This burger was- pretty interesting. It gets the job done. (I have yet to find that life-changing burger, but when I do, I’m sure I will write about it. Or maybe it will cause me to forsake all technology and modern lifestyles and I will live with monks in the mountains, spending the rest of my days contemplating the infinite capabilities of the world and spirituality)
It’s a filling burger, perfect for those cold, rainy Edinburgh days. (I mean its meat with meat products piled on top, plus cheese-That. Is. Awesome.) As far as I can tell Edinburgh is always cold and rainy, therefore, always haggis burger time.
Haggis is not a dish that I would eat every day, but all in all a solid taste adventure that I would recommend to anyone who ventures to Scotland.
Overall 8/10 (partially due to the fact that I was expecting something truly awful)