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.
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.
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 Fern Riddell (@FernRiddell) July 10, 2017
Wait, what..!? No. This is not a thing.— Alasdair Allan (@aallan) July 10, 2017
Nope. Nope nope nope.— Daniel Benneworth-Gray (@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.