I knew little about jellied eels – an 18th century traditional dish for East Londoners, until St Louis’ food critic Ann, my encyclopedia and guide that weekend in London filled me in on it. We ordered a portion of cold eels and a hot version with mashed potato and parsley, with chilli vinegar generously sprinkled over. (Thank you Ricky Ly Orlando food expert for the photo!)
F. Cooke has been serving jellied eels for three generations. The brined cold jellied eels aren’t as bad as they sound, but not something I’d eat again. And the hot eels with potatos and parsley mash – let’s just say it fills hungry bellies but I found it hard to saveur.
Traditional meat pies were also the other item on the menu and sold out before we could order ourselves a portion.
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