Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Dinner Wednesday 29 August - Basa Fillet with Colcannon & vegetables

I had been reading about Basa (also called pangasius or Vietnamese catfish) as a sustainable white fish alternative to cod, so I went looking for some. Only thing I would find was some Young's frozen tempura battered Basa fillets, so I decided to try them out. It is a very nice fish - mild flavoured, with few bones and large flakes. I would like to find some plain fillets to try.

Young's website says:
Scientific name: Pangasius hypopthalmus
Market name: Basa
Common names: Basa, Vietnamese Catfish

Wikipedia says:
"The Basa fish - Pangasius Hypopthalmus, is a type of catfish in the family Pangasiidae.
Basa are native to the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam and Chao Phraya basin.
Basa is now farmed in large quantities. It is the most popular fish in Vietnam and consumed in increasing quantities around the world.
The body of a Basa fish is stout and heavy. The rounded head is broader than it is long, the blunt snout having a white band on its muzzle.
Basa fish can be found in large rivers, in rapids and in deep, slower reaches.
Basa fish feed on plants. These fish spawn at the onset of the rainy season.
It is white, pinkish and is available year round. Basa is a tender, mild and fine-flaked fish."

Anyway, dinner was:

1 Young's Tempura Basa fillet
served with

Colcannon comprising:
150g potatoes, boiled and mashed
50g kale, cooked and chopped
2 spring onions, sliced finely

80g fine beans, steamed
1 carrot, steamed

Nutrition Data
Calories (kcal) 487.1
Carbohydrate (g) 60.4
Protein (g) 30.6
Fat (g) 15.2
Fibre (g) 11.2

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