Vietnamese River Cobbler

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Fifi La BonBon

Vietnamese River Cobbler

Do you all remember a few months ago when we heard horrible things about this very cheap fish, now being widely sold in supermarkets? Rick Stein was praising it's virtues on The One Show last night (at the same time promoting his new cooking series on the Far East). Am still not convinced to try it after the info we shared!

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Yummy

River Cobbler

I saw on the TV earlier this week that some fish and chip shops are passing this fish off as Battered Cod. From a taste test of the man in the street, most said they prefered it !!!
It is the cheapest fish you can buy here in france where it is called Panga. (think the latin name for the fish is Pangacious cat Fish

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Daisy Chain

Audacious Pangacious!

Bought this last year in Tesco when it was being sold as River Cobbler and we thought at the time that it tasted very earthy so decided not to go for it again. When I googled it to find out more info, I realised why the earthy taste!
Last week, in our hotel restaurant, they had battered fish and chips on the menu-with "Pangacious- a cod substitute" in the description. My LH ordered some and enjoyed it. We saw that tv programme too, Yummy, and discovered what it was. It's true, once battered. there is not a lot of difference between it and cod. On its own, that's a different story.
Daisy x

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JamJar aka Chutney Queen

cobblers

I bought some and then froze it after reading about it as I didn't fancy it. However it has to be used up - has anyone tried making a fish pie with it ? I thought perhaps if I added smoked salmon trimmings to it for more flavour ..

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John S.

Panga vs. Pangas

Don't get them mixed up, they are an entirely different kettle of fish (bad pun I know), the Pangas is the dreaded river cobbler. the Panga is a safe fish to eat that is caught in the South Atlantic and Southern Indian Ocean.
Pangas/river cobbler is also called basa, I bought some last year from Morrisons whilst visiting the UK, it tastes muddy, bl--dy awful.
Check out this link:

http://www.dietmindspirit.org/2008/01/30/why-you-shouldnt-eat-this-fish-pangas-pangasius-vietnamese-river-cobbler-white-catfish-gray-sole/

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Yummy

Very Interesting !!

Thank you John for this info, I certainly was not aware that there were two species with almost the same name.
Perhaps we have been eating Panga all the time and not River Cobbler (Pangas). The one I ate was certainly not "muddy" in taste, but nice and white, clean tasting. Will ask to see the label of the fish box next time it is in the supermarket to see the origin and species name.

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Gerry

poison? fish

John S, read the article and about half of the comments. Seemed to be more positive comments than negative ones. What's your opinion on it all? BTW Never seen it for sale.

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John S.

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Well Gerry my thoughts are that "where there's smoke there's fire", I would not eat it again, I don't care what all the positive feedback was about aquaculture and how safe it is because it's all tested to very high government set standards, B.S. as far as I am concerned, in the states and here in Canada we have big recalls every now and then for e-coli contaminated meat, the other month the big scare was with spinnach, a few people died in that episode so as far as government testing is concerned I think it's B.S., if they can't control the safety standards of produce from their own country how can they be trusted to control imported produce, I would rather be safe than sorry and knowing the state of the waters along the Mekong river and its delta I will not touch the stuff again.

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Gerry

poison pouisson

Thanks, John S, very good points. Can hardly "avoid" it since I've never seen it, but will do so if I do.

 
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