The quest for perfection

fishchips.jpgThe smell of freshly cooked fish and chips, the sea air, the tang of the vinegar, aaaahh what could be better?
In honour of our great national dish I’ve started this new section on the blog for 2007 to put any fish and chips I come across through their paces.
And because a good example of the humble dish is the result of perfection in its components, I’ll be looking for certain standards;
Batter: Must be crispy. Whether is beer battered, tempura style or traditional, there’s no excuse for soggy batter.
Fish: Must be pure white flakes that fall apart. Nothing grey and mean looking.
Vinegar: Although I think the Scots have the best idea here using a white version of the condiment, the malt variety will do – providing its liberally applied.
Peas: Mushy peas are a must but still need some consistency. A pure puree is no good and strange minted attempts are definitely out.
Chips: Must be plentiful, freshly cooked and crisp. Nothing soggy please.
So if you want to join my quest for perfect fish and chips then send me the results of your own painstaking research below.
Image by Sunny Period at Flickr.

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4 thoughts on “The quest for perfection

  1. Chippy on Liverpool Road, Castlefield – crispy batter, well done chips, mushy peas always on point and you get a lemon! Their tea is top, and you need “fish, chips, peas and tea please” don’t you? They even have a ‘secret’ upstairs dining room. I’m sure that the legions of contractors who queue outside the door everyday would agree, its the dog’s!! Proper old school aswell, they still shut for Manchester Holidays.

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  2. Chippy on Liverpool Road, Castlefield – crispy batter, well done chips, mushy peas always on point and you get a lemon! Their tea is top, and you need “fish, chips, peas and tea please” don’t you? They even have a ‘secret’ upstairs dining room. I’m sure that the legions of contractors who queue outside the door everyday would agree, its the dog’s!! Proper old school aswell, they still shut for Manchester Holidays.

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  3. Sounds good. Will have to give them a try sometime. You’re probably right about tea – it is the perfect partner. Trouble is there won’t always be tea on offer – say in a restaurant for example. However, I will include tea in the criteria whenever available from now on 🙂

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  4. Sounds good. Will have to give them a try sometime. You’re probably right about tea – it is the perfect partner. Trouble is there won’t always be tea on offer – say in a restaurant for example. However, I will include tea in the criteria whenever available from now on 🙂

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