basa fillets (400g) for just £1.00 at farmfoods
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basa fillets (400g) for just £1.00 at farmfoods

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Found 12th Sep 2015
basa fillets (400g) for just £1.00 at farmfoods

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what is basa like?

princeprecious

what is basa like?


Poison!(_;)

Worse fish I have ever tasted !!!

Seggamackem

Poison!(_;)


Thanks. I know what to cook next time i get unwanted guests (_;)
Edited by: "aasmaramzan" 13th Sep 2015

Breaded version is not bad.

It's fine I eat it from time to time good with curries

princeprecious

what is basa like?


river cobbler

Basa is known in the trade by part of its Latin name, Pangasius. It's farmed in Vietnam in enormous quantities as it grows incredibly quickly. There was a scandal a few years ago about the high chemical levels in the water over there but it seems to have blown over; and the chances are that as all the big supermarkets accept it, it's now ok. It tastes of almost nothing, but if you do find a taste, it will be mildly scrambled egg! For some reason, it becomes much nicer when smoked. For me though, only fish from the Atlantic thank you very much lol

Some of the unscrupulous fish and chip shops are selling this crap of as cod and Trading standards have prosecuted quite a few places.
I got caught out once and even the dog turned his nose up at it when I realised it was Pangasius and gave it to him.
This stuff is truly crap and tastes awful and I can honestly say even if it was free I wouldn't eat it again.


Edited by: "paulandpam1" 13th Sep 2015

Pangasius is very nice, found my local shop selling it frozen, big size etc

noticed local chain store selling it as Basa, it was smaller and did not taste nice

so obviously not all supplies are the same

Very, VERY cold. Avoid for the mainly valid reasons above.

AzeemB

Pangasius is very nice, found my local shop selling it frozen, big size … Pangasius is very nice, found my local shop selling it frozen, big size etcnoticed local chain store selling it as Basa, it was smaller and did not taste niceso obviously not all supplies are the same


I used to use panguis and liked it but someone told me to google it...
I haven't touched it since

Yes, there is a reason it is so cheap, & I concur with the "high chemical content" (anti fungals etc) in the "farms" ..the same nasty scenario that brings you incredibly cheap prawns from overseas, ..i'm really careful as a result & would prefer to leave it well alone in favour of decent atlantic sourced fish, ..BAD food practices, I actually have some left over in the freezer that was purchased by mistake for a bland meal for a sick dog, ..who turned his nose up at it when on the road to recovery.

A friend at work had it on two separate occasions and both times thought it tasted good but was sick later both times. Second time put 2+2 together. It didn't affect everyone though - so not sure if its an intolerance to something in the fish or what.... either way I'm not eating it.

Google it and see where these fish are reared you wont touch them ever again and what they feed on.

Prawns live and eat in ****,still tasty.

Looks like cuttlefish in the little pic

From the catfish family......not for me thanks...

Mikiex

A friend at work had it on two separate occasions and both times thought … A friend at work had it on two separate occasions and both times thought it tasted good but was sick later both times. Second time put 2+2 together. It didn't affect everyone though - so not sure if its an intolerance to something in the fish or what.... either way I'm not eating it.


Your friend may well have an allergy to catfish.
These disgusting Pengasius AKA Basa / River cobbler are a type of Catfish.

I eat Basa (Vietnamese River Cobbler) regular and have to say I find it one of the tastiest fish you can buy - much tastier than the bland cod or haddock.

I love basa. Grilled with some new potatoes and butter. Yum!

you should try lol
taste much better than cod

Love Basa. Despite the comments on how the fish is grown, it's passed the food standards agency and now sold everywhere. No different to your chickens being pumped full of crap for more yield. Basa pan fried with some paprika salt pepper lemon butter is so tasty, new potatoes and veg. The best thing about this fish is it doesn't taste fishy or smell of fish like cod always does, it doesn't matter where you buy it. Why many people advise soaking it in milk to get rid of the smell. Basa great for dinner parties as it doesn't stink the house out. Nice meaty fish, this is a great deal.

the people with the old wives tales should grow up.

basa is a perfectly good fish without all the rubbish about chemicals. wrap in foil with some butter, garlic and parsley... 25 minutes at 180 degrees. it's very nice.

Another vote for basa being perfectly fine for what it is.

I wouldn't personally serve it as a fillet however in stews or curries its a good and inexpensive fish.

paulandpam1

Your friend may well have an allergy to catfish.These disgusting … Your friend may well have an allergy to catfish.These disgusting Pengasius AKA Basa / River cobbler are a type of Catfish.



Yeah it could well be just an allergy to the actual fish type rather than chemicals or anything they use in productions, personally I prefer my fish from the sea

I have seasoned Basa / River Cobbler fillets all the time from Asda. Youngs even see fit to put in in their "Gastro" range. It's cheap and cheerful and I have absolutely never felt ill from eating it.

To all the people saying that this is a horrible tasting fish... you are wrong! It is a mild light textured fish not to dissimilar to tilapia or even farmed sea bass. Works great in dishes were you want the flavour of the ingredients to stand out rather than the fish. Try it with a lime, garlic and chilli marinade and steam it to accentuate the light texture. Or if you can get them whole they are great simply grilled or fried on a high heat!

I will add that I probably wouldn't buy any fish that is this cheap but if you are on a tight food budget this will still be better than eating tinned meat or value pork/other meats!

Catfish

Nothing like a bit of drum & basa.

25 minutes to cook a fillet of fish, must come out drier than Ghandi's flip flop.

jonnithomas

the people with the old wives tales should grow up.basa is a perfectly … the people with the old wives tales should grow up.basa is a perfectly good fish without all the rubbish about chemicals. wrap in foil with some butter, garlic and parsley... 25 minutes at 180 degrees. it's very nice.


Perfectly good fish. All the info on web is old and full of scare mothering, mainly from the yanks across the pond.
The Aussies have researched and approved the basa fish farms of Vietnam and Cambodia

*mongering lol

There is good reason why there are 'stories' out there on the web about Basa. Having visited several fish-farms in Vietnam and Cambodia, I'll stay well clear of this fish or any fish that comes farmed from that region. I'm pro-farmed fish, but even in Western countries there are occasional well-founded concerns, though regulations are in place to deal with these. The same cannot be said for other regions.

Sneak76

I eat Basa (Vietnamese River Cobbler) regular and have to say I find it … I eat Basa (Vietnamese River Cobbler) regular and have to say I find it one of the tastiest fish you can buy - much tastier than the bland cod or haddock.



Totally agree, one of my absolute favourites. Heat added for an excellent deal.

Civic EG6

25 minutes to cook a fillet of fish, must come out drier than Ghandi's … 25 minutes to cook a fillet of fish, must come out drier than Ghandi's flip flop.




its from frozen and no it's not.

Banned

Sounds f

taztoo

Love Basa. Despite the comments on how the fish is grown, it's passed the … Love Basa. Despite the comments on how the fish is grown, it's passed the food standards agency and now sold everywhere. No different to your chickens being pumped full of crap for more yield. Basa pan fried with some paprika salt pepper lemon butter is so tasty, new potatoes and veg. The best thing about this fish is it doesn't taste fishy or smell of fish like cod always does, it doesn't matter where you buy it. Why many people advise soaking it in milk to get rid of the smell. Basa great for dinner parties as it doesn't stink the house out. Nice meaty fish, this is a great deal.[/[quote=taztoo]Love Basa. Despite the comments on how the fish is grown, it's passed the food standards agency and now sold everywhere. No different to your chickens being pumped full of crap for more yield. Basa pan fried with some paprika salt pepper lemon butter is so tasty, new potatoes and veg. The best thing about this fish is it doesn't taste fishy or smell of fish like cod always does, it doesn't matter where you buy it. Why many people advise soaking it in milk to get rid of the smell. Basa great for dinner parties as it doesn't stink the house out. Nice meaty fish, this is a great deal.


Sounds like you'd eat anything with a few spices haha

Say 'Hello' to Agent Orange...

phil4444

Sounds fSounds like you'd eat anything with a few spices haha




well it rather sounds like you aren't the culinary expert that you claim to be either.
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