Expert Julian Pryke from The Fishmonger in Greenwich has top tips for picking fish (From News Shopper)
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Expert Julian Pryke from The Fishmonger in Greenwich has top tips for picking fish
11:55am Friday 25th October 2013 in Leisure latest news
VIBE loves a bit of fish, be it battered, grilled, poached or if it’s with chips, in a pie or even a finger.
So we asked expert and the World Record Holder for fast fish gutting Julian Pryke, of The Fishmonger Ltd in Royal Hill, Greenwich, how to pick your fish.
This is my favourite time of year for fish.
It’s in great condition and is perfect for a quick teatime snack or a special occasion.
I don’t know who started the idea that buying fish is difficult (although I suspect it was a butcher) but it’s easier than buying meat.
When you go into a fish shop breathe in through your nose.
If it smells of fish, turn about and leave. It should smell like a fresh sea breeze.
The fish should look pert. It should be firm to the touch. Fish eyes should be clear. Some varieties should have a nice slimy coating (Dover Sole, Halibut, Lemon Sole).
Most of all talk to the fishmonger.
All of the fishmonger’s I know, and that’s all the good ones in London, are passionate about the fish to the point of obsession.
Ask the fishmonger questions. They will be delighted.
Show them your recipe. I often have customers come in clutching a cookbook.
A good fishmonger will advise you which is the fish for you and your budget.
Better still go with an open mind and see what’s good on the day.
Fish is fantastically good for you and the fish from our waters is the best in the world.
Go to thefishmongerltd.org.uk for more.
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