Swai??

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John S.

Swai??

No, thats not another new way to say "thats why".
It's a fish that belongs to the catfish family and related to "basa" and is a recent import from South Asia (Vietnam), I saw it in the store freezer the other day and considered buying some, it was cheap!, 4lb bag of frozen fillets for $10.99, I steered away when my thoughts went back to the basa that I tried on a visit to the UK, I thought it tasted disgusting but had a firm texture and not to buy it again.
Have any of you heard of this fish or tried it for that matter?, I did a bit of research on the consumer reports site and a lot of people liked it, it was about a 70/30 for and against with many of the dislikes being atributed to it being mushy and having an "eggy"
taste to it.
Interested to know what you guys think.

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Dottie May

Swai??

No, I've never heard of it or seen it...always a first time. I was disappointed the other day when I bought a pack of frozen Salmon, to find when I read the packet when I got home to put them in the freezer, they were from China. I wouldn't have bought them if I'd known beforehand - I've gone off them or is that me being silly?

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Essex Girl

Fish

I've never heard of swai either. Dottie - I would be put off the salmon too. The problem is for both fish, you don't know just how intensively farmed it is.

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Linzechris

Swai

I may be wrong but I think it is the same as Vietnamese river cobbler.
This is very cheap but I personally wouldn't touch it. There have been very many reports over here about how it is found in really dirty contaminated rivers. If you google Vietnamese river cobbler you will probably find more info.

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John S.

Vietnamese river cobbler

From the info given by Wiki., this is not the same fish, VRC is the name commonly used in the UK for basa, basa is a catfish that eats only vegetation but it is related to the swai but swai is a catfish shark and eats other fish etc., insects and vegetation.
It also states that they cannot be called catfish in the US because of a legislation by the US gov. fisheries dept. that was initiated by the US catfish industry who said that Vietnam was swamping the market with subsidised product which was being sold at a much lower price and cutting deeply into their market.

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tilly

Swai

not one i have heard of and i am quite boring with fish and tend to stick to well known species.

 
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