I grew up in a small town in Limpopo. We did not believe the story about an ocean or a sea with miles and miles of water! Seafood was definitely non-existent to us! 🙂 The closest thing to prawns was grasshoppers!
There was however the Portuguese Café where we could buy wonderful battered fish and chips! I must admit I still wonder where they got the fish from…it was most probably caught in the local dam!
Buying and eating fish and chips was a big treat to me when I was young (even bigger than it is to children today to be taken to the Spur!) …. maybe because it did not happen so often?
The fish and chips were always freshly prepared, on order. After it was fried, it was salted and then sprinkled with vinegar. It was first wrap in white paper and then in layers of newspaper to ensure that it would still be hot once you arrived at home (not as if any house in our village was more than 5 minutes
drive walk away!)
Every time we went to a Restaurant I would tell the waiter: “I want Feesh and Cheeps, please!” to my Mother’s embarrassment!
Battered fish with chips are still one of my favourite dishes! Luckily my Hubby loves making this and it is one of his signature dishes! 😉
1 x egg
125ml cake flour
pinch of salt
Mix the egg and milk together.
Sift the cake flour and salt into the egg mixture and mix until smooth.
Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
1kg fish cut into fillets
flour for dusting
oil (for frying)
Dust the fish fillets with the flour
Heat the oil in a sauce pan.
Dip the fish fillets into the batter and coat completely.
Fry in the oil for about 6 minutes per side.
Drain on some kitchen towel and serve hot with some chips.
For the chips
2 medium sized potatoes per person
Oil for deep frying
Heat he oil until very hot in a saucepan.
Put the potatoes through a potato cutter and fry in batches in the oil until brown and crisp.
Fruit and Veg is currently selling Yellowtail at R19.99 / kg which is perfect for this dish and making it extremely affordable!