If there are two things Americans delight in, it’s mocking British accents and trolling British cuisine. Last Wednesday, American tweeters discovered a video that spectacularly delivered on both fronts.
The video comes from Joe.co.uk, an English news and culture site. It shows correspondent Joe Gilmore traveling to Wigan, a town near Manchester and Liverpool in the UK, to try its famous “Wigan Kebab.” What is a Wigan Kebab? Well, as the video helpfully explains, it’s “buttered barm, meat and potato pie” (barm is an English type of bread).
“Oh f**k. I’m having a three-course Wigan meal.”
Wigan Kebab. Smack barm. Pey wet. Babby’s yed. 7,000 calories of pure Northern delight, and one very full man. pic.twitter.com/U7IHpWFNVr
— JOE (@JOE_co_uk) November 5, 2019
As Gilmore tries the Wigan Kebab in The Trawlerman, he realizes he can get a “smack” for 40p. The owner then talks him into getting “Smack barm pey wet.” It’s unclear exactly what the “Smack barm pey wet” is, but it appears to be some kind of sandwich dressed with the water off of peas, leading Joe to utter the immortal phrase, “There’s no pey, it’s just wet!”
Finally, Joe is talked into trying a “Babby’s yed,” which is some sort of meat pie which the owner explains “looks like a baby’s head when you crack it open.”
The video is wildly British, and began making the rounds Wednesday after Twitter user @inthesedeserts posted about it.
oh my god lol if you have ever appreciated my trawling for british meals posts then please watch this with the sound on. how did I miss this when it came out https://t.co/h7qDOvIj1w
— Dr. Strategy (tenured, unremovable) (@inthesedeserts) September 30, 2020
This led Twitter to dive into their best British impersonations, which looks like a jumble of nonsense but apparently does make sense somewhere in the world.
havin a right proper wigan kebab and a butty with me m8s
— nuanced opinion guy (@charles_kinbote) September 30, 2020
tfw you just noshed a Wigan kebab akimbo with the smack barm pey wet but the chippy’s floggin a babby’s yed with a full dollop of gravy steak pudding for 40p. pic.twitter.com/Vo47q1tbEP
— Wicked Jazz Sounds (@CakeJasenhiser) October 1, 2020
Your group text: “I can’t believe that disastrous debate last night.”
My group text: “Damn he went with the smack barm pey wet over the wigan kebab”
— Matt Scalici (@MattScalici) September 30, 2020
They made this video because no one in the rest of the UK knows what the fuck is going on in Wigan. I assure you, before they made this video, very few people knew what a Wigan kebab or smack barm pet wet is. https://t.co/R0Hos1YVtN
— fooly (@mashcore4mums) October 2, 2020
“wigan akimbo w the smack barm pey wet and the wigan kebab” has been cycling in my head like a meditative mantra
— wiccan akimbo w the smack barm fey wet (@westniallviruss) October 1, 2020
Gilmore, for his part, seemed proper sussed about the whole ordeal.
Can someone please tell my why my Wigan Kebab video has just broke America https://t.co/KER2fBr1Gf
— Joe Gilmore (@Gilology) September 30, 2020