Who remembers the good old fish and chips from your childhood? (well maybe if your childhood was in the 70’s like mine that is). The taste, the smell….oh man 🙂
It is no secret that I grew up in New Zealand and when I was a kid, fish and chips (or fush and chups) tasted sensational! It wasn’t just the taste, it was the smell of the shop when you walked in the door too….mmmmmm. Back then you just ordered by the piece and scoop, for example for my family I think it was 6 fish and 3 scoops. Then there was the fight about who was going to hold the magical parcel on their lap in the car on the way home. Once home, the magic parcel was laid out on the floor or table and everyone got their little blob of tomato sauce squirted onto the paper to dip their goodies into…no plates, we just ate them straight out of the paper. Ah, the delicious memories 🙂
But something changed with fish and chips over the years….that smell and taste was just not the same anymore. 🙁 Some bright spark decided that instead of cooking them in the delicious animal fats (beef tallow/lard/dripping) that they should now be cooked in vegetable oils (in line with the new “healthy” low fat way of eating). The pleasure and satisfaction of eating fish and chips was severely reduced. I’m not sure if NZ shops continued to use animal fats for a while, but when I moved to Aussie in the mid 90’s, the Aussie fish and chips never tasted as good as NZ ones. Maybe it was because I was hanging onto my delicious childhood memories, but the Aussie ones just didn’t cut it for me. That is until I learnt that saturated fats are actually good for you, and if you can find a fish and chip shop that still cooks in animal fats then all those delicious memories are reunited with your tastebuds!
It seems that these shops are few and far between and through lovely people sharing on my facebook page I have managed to source a few places for you. I (and I’m sure many other people) would love to know of a few more places, especially in those states that I don’t currently have any listings for, so if you know of any more, please post a comment with the name and location and I will add it to the list.
But how do you find out what they cook their goodies in?? It’s easy….you ask them!! The smell is a great indication too – if the smell when you walk in the door takes you back to your childhood, then it’s usually a good start, but ASK them 🙂
The other great thing about fish and chips cooked in animal fat is that they are satisfying (ie they fill you up) so you don’t need to buy as much as when you buy ones cooked in crappy vegetable oil. When we have fish and chips we usually order 2 pieces of fish and just 1 scoop of chips (we also get a loaf of fresh white bread to be really naughty and make chippie and butter sandwiches 🙂 ). Yes, at the shop where we go (Bracken Ridge Seafoods) you order chips by the scoop and they are only $2.50 per scoop!! The fish pieces are $5 each, so our fish and chips only cost us $12.50!!
Check out the list below to see if there are any shops close to you, and if not please do some detective work and find one close by and let me know about it so I can add to the list. Also, you should double check with these ones that I have listed to confirm that they DO indeed cook in animal fat, as the only two I have personal experience with are Bracken Ridge Seafoods and Lukas Fish and Chips.
Cheers, Di 🙂
PS: If you want to check out more photos from our family beach shoot with the lovely Rose, then head over to her website (maybe you could organise a session for your family too). 🙂
Rose also did all the beautiful photography in my sugar free recipe book
Bracken Ridge Seafoods – 79 Gawain Road, Bracken Ridge
98 fish – 347 Mons Road Exit, Forest Glen
Maria’s – 3/589 Robinson Rd W, Aspley
Corrie Street Seafood – 28 Corrie Street, Chermside
Maria’s fish and chips – 3/111 Buckley Rd, Burpengary
Glenwood Seafood and Takeaway -92 Glenwood Dr, Morayfield
CJ’s pastries Caboolture cook their chips and other fried foods in animal fat (not sure of exact location though)
Lukas Fish and Chips – 1114 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Little Mermaid Seafood – Corner Finucane Road & Cambridge Drive, Alexandra Hills
City Seafood Supplies – 4 Apollonian Vale, Gympie
Sweetlips – 125 Oxford St, Leederville
Sweetlips – 8/47 Mews Rd, Fremantle
Sweetlips – 115A Brighton Rd, Scarborough
Kingsdene Takeaway – 136 Felton Rd, Carlingford
Orana Takeaway – 52 Windsor Rd, Kellyville
The Fisherman’s Bite – Shop 7 29 Civic Dr Apollo Parkways, Greensborough
Belgrave Fish & Chips – 1654 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave (but double check as there are new owners)
Mt Waverley Fish & Chips – 349 Waverley road, Mt Waverley
2 Little Fish – 227 Nayland Road, Stoke
Maclean Street Fish Supply – 6 Maclean Street, Paraparaumu Beach
King Street Takeaways – 39A King Street, Timaru