“ Brand: Asda / Type: Fish „
Asda Smart Price Battered Whitefish Portions
Description: Manufacturer: Asda / Food Type: Fish.
Anyone who regularly reads my reviews (many thanks, I really appreciate it!) will know that I review a lot of products from the supermarket ranges which offer savings to customers by spending less on posh looking packaging. As we all know, the packaging just gets thrown away anyway so it makes sense not to spend extra on it.....and let's be honest, we all have better things to spend our hard earned cash on!
I have recently started buying items from the Asda Smartprice range, whereas before, I admit that I passed it by, assuming that the cheap and nasty packaging meant that the product would also be cheap and nasty. I have been surprised to find that on many occasions, this isn't the case and the products have actually been great, unfortunately, these fish portions were not one of the better ones though and I wouldn't recommend that you try them.
A packet of six of these fish portions will cost you just £0.98. Unfortunately, as they are almost inedible, they are not the bargain that they first appear to be.
The packaging is the same as all items in the range and the box is plain white with green writing and a picture of the fish on the front. You will find them in the frozen section of Asda.
The fillets cook in around 20 minutes in the oven. They are quite small and once cooked, do look a decent golden brown colour. The batter seems greasy and soggy and the fish inside is slightly gray and also looks very soggy.
Undeterred by the nasty appearance, I braved tasting these fillets and immediately wished that I hadn't bothered. They also taste soggy, with a nasty greasy texture and no real flavour to speak of. I found these fish fillets so unpleasant that I couldn't finish them so they were thrown into the bin. In fact, if I am being honest, these fillets may be one of the worst "budget foods" I have tried from this range.
In summary, these fish fillets are awful, don't spend your money on them, avoid, avoid avoid!
Lately with taking a rather long caravan holiday with my mate we have been buying food that is easy enough to cook in a caravan. We rarely make up food from scratch purely down to a severe lack of work top space and getting into messes and due to time, we like to relax as much as we can and let food cook itself whenever possible!
I spotted these portions of fish in an Asda store on our travels and decided to give them a go! At 97p a bag (not as shown on the review photograph by the way, naughty Dooyoo!) we felt that if we didn't like them one of her four dogs was bound to!
Like I say the title of this review is correct though the photograph is a little wrong! The packaging of this product is a white plastic bag with green and black writing on the front and I'm told that they are Asda 'Smart Price' 4 Battered Whitefish Portions 'Minced whitefish coated in batter', and that of course these are an Asda own brand, that they are 400g in weight, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and the best before date is clearly displayed. On the back of the bag ingredients and allergy advice is stated, cooking instructions and a full nutritional rundown chart is shown, storage advice is given and contact details for Asda are of course given as usual.
Well the only way we are told to cook them is to oven cook them for around 25-30 minutes.
The Fish Portions Themselves:
What you get is frozen (your best to cook these from frozen by the way for best results apparently) anemic looking slabs of fish. Not too thick but large enough in size you bung them in the oven and that is that really. When cooking them me and my mate noticed a rather odd sweet sort of caramel sickly smell happening and were off put from the start and didn't fancy them one bit.
When cooked the batter went golden but slimy looking the fish inside was minced and like one thin lump. With 54% whitefish (God knows what fish that means) it tasted rather odd. We could taste that rather odd sweet smell, the fish was bland but with a slight taste of onions to it and the batter was soggy and totally flavourless!
In the end the dogs had all the portions after me and my mate tried to hold our noses and consume this but really this is disgusting stuff and even the dogs didn't jump in it with tails wagging as they usually do when we give them a treat. Not for us...or the dogs I'm afraid!
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Saturated Fat: 4.9g
Only available in the freezer section in Asda stores.