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Pangasius fillets?

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4 hours ago, 4675636b596f75 said:

I'm with you on this one.  I ordered some from Tops but you're right about fish from farms in Vietnam.  

 

Most places can't tell you if the fish they sell is wild caught or farm raised.

 

With that said, I'll show you what I did with the "dory" fillets. 

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I imagine all the river fish and prawns are farmed.

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I stopped eating pangasius years ago after a mate warned me it was full of contaminants and the fish lived in faeces or something like that. Not long ago I was chatting with someone about it and he said it was an urban myth. I read up on it and sure enough, it is one of the most researched products in the world, along with aspartame (used for sweeteners). Pangasius is now one of the most popular fish in the US, where the FDA wouldn't allow it through if it hadn't been thoroughly tested. Here are 2 stories that pretty much debunk the myth. Don't believe everything you hear!
https://simonrogerbush.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/is-pangasius-safe-to-eat/
https://youreverydayfish.com/pangasius-all-facts-at-a-glance/

 

The 2nd story concludes;
Nothing wrong with pangasius

"Our conclusion based on facts and scientific research is that there is nothing wrong with pangasius."

PS - I agree totally with whoever bought "cod" from Makro. It's soaking with water after defrosting. That stir-fry idea looks like a terrific use for both pangasius and cod, cheers 🙂

 

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11 hours ago, RickG16 said:

Decent but crying out for some mash, roast potatoes or similar

I'm diabetic. Almost 0 carbs in that dish.

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12 hours ago, SteveK said:

I'm not really the tree-hugging type so don't mind a bit of hormones and antibiotics in my food, I just want to know what the frozen pangasius in Thailand tastes like and if it is a decent substitute for cod?

 

Agree , and as another poster has mentioned....a lot of urban myth regarding dangers. Besides , its not like you will be eating it 3 times a day.

 

I buy two frozen fillets from Big C. Like the size and the fact that there are no bones. Wife makes a great fish and chips with them and its a regular treat once a week. For her it is very easy to cook compared to a Thai dish although she also uses the fillet in a very nice sweet and sour fish dish.

 

Occasionally I have used them besides salmon and prawns to make a very nice fish pie with white sauce and crispy mash potato topping.

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8 hours ago, pomozki said:

That stir-fry idea looks like a terrific use for both pangasius and cod, cheers

I would serve it to Gordon Ramsay himself and expect a smile.  

Fresh basil, garlic, tomato, parsely, olive oil, butter, hot chilis green and red and lemon juice.  

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I see what you mean, I just checked the prices and compared them to Macro or Tesco Lotus. I bought two kilos of belly pork to make respectable bacon for 134b a kilo. Pangasius/Dory 96b best cut, 79b with belly flap left on.

1 hour ago, SteveK said:

You must be joking! 474 baht for ONE FILLET!

 

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22 hours ago, SteveK said:

I'm not really the tree-hugging type so don't mind a bit of hormones and antibiotics in my food, I just want to know what the frozen pangasius in Thailand tastes like and if it is a decent substitute for cod?

 the Vietnames happily 'Export' their pangasius (basa) as they will not eat it themselves!  It is fished out of the Mekong Delta, and the Basa is much reported on about the heavy metals and chemicals the basa dredges up from the bottom... as catfish do. 

Never found it as having any taste.

If you want taste, then you add something to it. Even blander than king george whiting.  

 

  The same fish can be got from many many locations, even fished in the US etc. The US ones are known to be okay

(ummm a long way from the Mekong Delta)

 

The reports saying the Pangasius itself is okay, never says where they got their samples from.

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I eat no fish or shellfish in Thailand other than imported frozen from well outside of Asia.

Even then I limit  consumption. It is sadly now one of the  most contaminated sources of protein.

 

 

 

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I guess there are contaminants in almost every food you eat, even moreso here in Thailand, and to be honest that's not something I lose sleep over.  I just want to find out if the pangasius can be cooked up into a decent fish and chips.

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