Saturday, February 18, 2012
'This cheap fish has sweet taste and flaky'
Howard and I ate a strange fish yesterday, I mean a fish we had never eaten before.
It is Swai!
That is a picture of a Swai up above. Luckily I did not see it before I ate my Swai because I could get affectionate toward a fish that looks like that. I like big animals and there is something sweet and ugly about this one.
But the Swai I got, it was cut into fillets and frozen in plastic and it came in from Vietnam. It is like my Valentine's Day flowers being shipped from San Diego. This is America, baby!
When I got home I wondered... What the heck is Swai? I was not the first person to ask that question.
Here is a hilariously translated site about Swai.
"The swai fish taste may blow you away because this cheap fish has sweet taste and flaky."
Hahahahaa! And here is a video about Swai. It says: "They like to stay in temple and very big fish."
In plain English: Swai is like catfish and it is very low calorie ... 90 calories per 3.5 ounces. I'm in! Plus, the explanation I just linked to is dated 2009 and already it is complaining about how expensive fresh fish is. That is the truth! Now it is even more expensive.
Swai I buy Swai.
Sorry, that is Howard's joke! Like Leonard Pennario he likes puns.
Anyway, for $3.99 a pound the Swai was delish. We ate it in corn tortillas with guacamole and lime sour cream. And cabbage. Howard has had to become resigned to the fact that with a German wife you will have cabbage more often than not. That is why they call us Krauts.
One way to describe the Swai ...
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Swai from Vietnam is imported as catfish. Use of antibiotics banned in the US is widespread in Vietnam. But because swai isn't technically considered catfish by the US government, it isn't held to the same inspection rules. Not a good idea to eat swai imported form Vietnam.
I didnt read the bag of fillets that the swai came in to see if what was from Vietnam, but the taste of the fish is phenomenal. i grew up eating fish in Florida and catfish are everywhere out there and this fish taste way better than those bottom feeders in Florida. I am not sure about antibiotics in Vietnam and them using it on fish but I am willing to say that just about any fish wild or not has some kind of foreign chemical being pesticides for insects to chemicals from drain off from rain sewers. just saying.
I agree, Swai does taste great! I just enjoyed more swai last week and I plan on buying more. Thanks, name not needed, for pointing out that with fish you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. There is always something!
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