Uproar as this weird dish is dubbed ‘a quintessential British comfort classic’
The internet begs to differ.
Roasts, Yorkshire pudding and fish and chips: all quintessential British comfort classics. But minced beef on toast? Not so much.
Brits are no strangers to putting things on toast (like beans or cheese), but it’s a bit of a surprise to see mince on toast termed “a quintessential British comfort classic” by Eater.
It’s not like mince on toast is a monstrosity – in fact, it looks quite tasty – but quintessential? Brits on the internet aren’t having any of that.
Never ever ever ever ever, ever ever in a month of Sundays ever ever has anyone in Britain eaten this mess.— Neil Claxton (@MintRoyale) July 10, 2017
No British person has ever eaten this.— Jackie Leonard (@JackieLeonard01) July 10, 2017
What the actual F??? Never even seen this or heard of it .... absolute madness— Mark Hill (@markhillmusic) July 11, 2017
Mince on toast? How about no.
Seriously, it isn't. pic.twitter.com/ROrv11bvUR— Niall-y scary (@Notinaboyband) July 10, 2017
No. It isn't. Someone has yanked your chain.— Tim Bryan (@TLB73) July 10, 2017
Have never seen or even heard of anyone doing this and I'm almost as old as the hills.— (((michelle))) (@mexx_07) July 10, 2017
It may be the first time you’ll ever see such overwhelming agreement on an issue on Twitter.
This is not something we ever do, ever.— Dr Fernkenstein (@FernRiddell) July 10, 2017
Wait, what..!? No. This is not a thing.— Alasdair Allan (@aallan) July 10, 2017
Nope. Nope nope nope.— Grrr (@gray) July 10, 2017
Maybe it’s a simple case of mistranslation?
In Britain we call mince meat “cheese”. Cheese on toast is a very popular dish in the U.K. Ask anyone about cheese on toast & they’ll agree— Bert Swattermain (@BertSwattermain) July 10, 2017
Dear God, no it isn't. You mean beans. It's BEANS on toast.— Louise (@UncannyVal) July 10, 2017
Luckily, one Irishman was on hand to clear up the whole mess.
Lot of misinformation about this today. For clarity: I live in Britain and mince on toast is served at every meal https://t.co/yikdCGzIbr— John Gallagher (@earlymodernjohn) July 10, 2017
Most Brits have mince on toast before they leave the house — those who don't usually pick it up on the go from a mince-boy's street cart— John Gallagher (@earlymodernjohn) July 10, 2017
In Britain, you'll rarely hear people say "let's do lunch" — the phrase "mince on toast, Val?" is used instead— John Gallagher (@earlymodernjohn) July 10, 2017
At Wimbledon, it's estimated that over two million punnets of mince on toast are served up every year— John Gallagher (@earlymodernjohn) July 10, 2017
After a family meal, rosy-cheeked British children often cry "what's for pud, mum?" The answer: "why, mince on toast, my dears!"— John Gallagher (@earlymodernjohn) July 10, 2017
That thread continues in very much the same way, and you probably get the sarcastic picture.
The uproar around mince-on-toast-gate became so real that Eater had to step in to clear things up.
Forgive us. It’s more accurate to say it’s a quintessentially British dish, rather than a British *classic*— Eater (@Eater) July 10, 2017
Hmm. Quintessentially British instead of a British classic? It’s unlikely the internet will buy that one either.