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A Potato Cake by Any Other Name

As the map shows, there’ll be no easy consensus. But whatever the name, it tastes just as good.

What do you call a slice of battered and deep-fried potato, commonly sold in conjunction with your order of fish and chips? 

When it comes to naming this crispy treat, there are three camps competing for control of the country’s linguistic and culinary destiny.

The potato cake dominates in Victoria and Tasmania. The potato scallop has a firm footing in NSW and Queensland. In South Australia, the potato fritter title is fiercely defended. Western Australia, meanwhile, is a battleground state where all three are vie for position.

The origin of the divisions appears lost in time, but a national survey in 2015 mapped out what this delicious fish and chip shop staple is called across the country.

The survey was run by the Linguistics Roadshow at the University of Melbourne, and asked 20,000 Australians what they called a battered, deep-fried potato snack.

As the map shows, there’ll be no easy consensus. But whatever the name, it tastes just as good.

 Here is a direct link to just that map:

https://rbil.carto.com/viz/9ac17904-84a1-11e5-94ce-0ecd1babdde5/public_map