Not only high-class restaurants but also numerous pubs offer the most popular national cuisine dishes in Edinburg. Cock-a-leekie is an everlasting popular dish that local people have cooked and loved for centuries. The soup doesn’t have a fixed recipe as it is always cooked from seasonal vegetables that are available in local gardens at a certain time of the year. Dried plums are the main secret ingredient of the soup. In the past, cock-a-leekie was a popular peasant dish. Nowadays, even high-class restaurants include it in their menus.
Fish soups are also widespread in the national cuisine, and Cullen skink is one of the most original and delicious of them all. Smoked haddock is the key ingredient of this dish. Nowadays, there are several dozen recipes of this popular dish. Some chefs add milk or cream to the soup. Cullen skink is traditionally served with freshly baked bread.
Vegetarian guests will be pleased with a great selection of vegetable dishes in restaurants and pubs that specialize in the national cuisine. The majority of dishes are rather simple to cook. Neeps and tatties is one of the most typical dishes in this category. It is potato baked with rutabaga and usually served together with fresh greens. Higher class restaurants can serve this dish in a mashed form or make a ragout from the key ingredients.