Taste & Tell

Taste test: which store-bought pickled fish should you serve this Easter?

To help you buy the best, we rated pickled fish from four leading supermarkets

14 April 2019 - 00:00 By Hilary Biiller

HOW WE CONDUCTED OUR TASTE TEST
IT'S FREE AND FAIR!
The Taste & Tell series is a monthly feature where the same or similar supermarket items are put to a blind taste test by a panel. (This one was made up of members of the SA Cake Decorator’s Guild.)
We bought pickled fish from four big retailers and asked our tasters to score the products according to various criteria including whether or not they'd buy them.
To ensure the tasting was fair, the products were stripped of their packaging and numbered under the watchful eye of food expert Jenny Kay before being served to the panel.
Auditor Mellicent Mashell oversaw the process and collated the scores.
It's important to remember that taste is subjective and what is good for one may not be good for another.
THE RESULTS
FIRST PLACE: WOOLWORTHS
Pickled Fish
Price: R79.99 for 500g
What the judges said:

Jackie: Smells nice, tastes tremendous.
Debbie: Excellent, especially good and beautifully balanced flavour.
Franco: Nice bite-sized pieces, good flavour. Good proportion of onion to fish sauce...

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