“ Brand: Asda / Type: Fish „
Scampi, an oldie but a goodie that brings back memories of being a kid. There are plenty of companies that provide us with quality scampi on the market-a lot are known for being environmentally friendly because of their fishing methods however in restricted economical times some will have looked for alternative for their family favourites.
I like others like a good bargain, and for a quid what can we expect? Well quite a bit-you get 235g which ain't exactly bad. Yes, these bits are a blend of white fish and a lot will question the quality but let me review the taste and cooking process.
Suggested cooking method is oven baking, which I've tried. The bites came out nicely crisped, crunchy but not rubbery like I was partically expecting. The breadcrumbs stayed in place too-another surprise.
My serving suggestion for scampi is a dollop of tartare sauce and a nice sqeeze of lemon-lovely.
So what's the calorie/fat damage?
nutrient per 100g (ovenbaked) per half pack (ovenbaked)
Energy kCal 221 kCal 259 kCal
Energy kJ 928 kJ 1,090 kJ
Protein 11.1 g 13.0 g
Carbohydrate 25.4 g 29.8 g
of which sugars 3.6 g 4.2 g
Fat 8.3 g 9.8 g
of which saturates 0.9 g 1.1 g
Fibre 1.5 g 1.8 g
Sodium 0.5 g 0.6 g
Salt Equivalent 1.3 g 1.5 g
So what do I think of the overall quality of Asda Scampi? What you pay for is simply what you get-and for a pound this scampi is a bargain. Yes, you do get the odd bite with blackish fish-but then you are paying a pound only for an own brand item that actually tastes quite nice.
A lovely product from Asda-no disadvanges of it really. If you love perfection in every bite e.g. no blackish bits of fish or uniformed bites this item is not for you.
This item is currently on the 4 items for £3.00 promotion.
I love scampi and have it rather often so when last week I was in Asda looking I went to pick up my usual Young's option but spotted this costing £1.00 for a bag and was in two minds about the purchase of it! I have liked a lot of Asda 'Smart Price' offerings of late but do appreciate good quality products and wondered if this would be nice but curiosity and saving cash got me and I decided that I would risk it and see what it's like!
Square white and green bag and on the front of it I am told that it is Asda 'Smart Price' Scampi Bites 'Pieces of scampi and white fish in crispy breadcrumbs' and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat, the weight of the product is stated which is 225g and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information on the back of the bag includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart also shown along with storage advice being given (these are freezable), cooking instructions, the best before date is clearly shown too and contact details for Asda are given. Cheap looking bag, hard to reseal but it is informative enough of course.
The Scampi Bites:
Open the bag you get about 16 bites at a rough guess but I think that varies. They are bite size pieces and to cook them you simply pop them in the oven from frozen for about 14-16 minutes and no other cooking guidelines are given but I guess you could fry them if you really wanted to.
Once cooked I found them to appear crispy and go a nice golden brown and when I served them up the bits of breadcrumbs didn't crumble and/or flake anywhere.
Taste wise these were average. really What you get are breadcrumbs and sure they are crispy and not too hard but I found them to be rather bland really and felt that they were made of cheap bread. The fish inside was white and made from scampi and white fish (that's all that's said on the list of ingredients). It's sort of slimy and gives a moistness to the inside of the breadcrumbs, tastes fishy and I rather like it however when I took a bite of the scampi and looked in the middle I wasn't best pleased to see stringy black bits that were a bit jelled like to eat and I found that really off putting.
Not the best quality scampi I've ever eaten, sure but it isn't bad. Don't look inside the scampi when your eating it and add your own seasoning and it tastes rather nice but if your like me and would rather know exactly what fish your eating and not eat black bits that resemble skin then maybe it isn't for you!
Nutritional Information Per Half A Bag:
Sat Fat: 1.1g
Only available in Asda stores and to be found in the freezer sections costing £1.00 a bag.