Malt Vinegar on Fish....why?

United States
February 3, 2007 10:03am CST
I've seen bottles of malt vinegar at fish and chip stores..have you tried this and does it improve the flavor of the fish? What exactly can you tell me about it and what does it do?
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@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I used to wait tables and had an English (from England) customer. He put the malt vinegar on the fish AND fries. I tried and and loved it. While my daughter was pregnant, she craved fries and malt vinegar. "She" who hates the smell of any vinegar, craved it. Imagine that!
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• United States
5 Feb 07
lol..that's usually the way it goes with cravings!..i will have to try it, there's just too many people who say it's good!..thanks
@brimia (6584)
• United States
4 Feb 07
There's something about the combination of vinegar and deep fried food. I've liked it on fried seafood and french fries.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
thank you for the information..i'm definitely going to try it!..
@dhouston (417)
• United States
4 Feb 07
In Britain, the country that created fish and chips, the common vinegar people get any old time in the market is not cider vinegar, as it is here; it is malt vinegar. So malt vinegar is the ordinary, everyday vinegar used at the chippies there and at home when people bring home take-away fish-n-chips. That's why US places that do the dish always pffer malt vinegar, in an effort to be authentically British. Malt vinegar is tasty and is very good on fish-n-chips, so be brave and spring for a bottle! :-)
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• United States
4 Feb 07
Thank you for the information. I will definitely try this soon.
3 Feb 07
As far as I know most of the chip shops in the UK have vinegar if you want it, where I am in Scotland we also have what we call 'chippy sauce' it looks just like runny brown sauce but tastes different. On several occasions when we have been travelling down to Wales or just down south for that matter we have been asked to take some 'chippy sauce' down with us. If you are ever in Scotland and have the chance to try it you should.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
Awe, unless I win the lottery, i'm afraid i'll never make it to Scotland, but the sauce sounds wonderful! Someday I'd love to try it! Thank you
@jencat70 (82)
• United States
3 Feb 07
here on the east coast of the US, we have boardwalk fries. you put cider vinegar and old bay seafood seasoning on them. yummy!!
• United States
3 Feb 07
the seafood seasoning i've had and it's wonderful on fries. But i've never tried adding the malt vinegar. I'll try it and see! Thank you
@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I think it is an aquired taste for some ...I personally like it ,I also like to add the malt vinegar to my french fries ...have you tried the salt and vinegar potato chips ??? I love them too ... For me it just adds a liitle zing to the taste of the fish ,sometimes a part of the fish is very strong and wiht the vinegar you don't notice it as much ...try it ... :)
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• United States
3 Feb 07
thank you for the information..i will definitely try it!
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
3 Feb 07
hahaha the vinigar is for the chips not the fish, it certainly does nothing for the fish but makes the chips good. blessed be keep on posting
• United States
3 Feb 07
really!!! I've always seen people here putting it on the fish!..well how about that! ok, i'll try that too...thank you so much for the insight!
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• United States
3 Feb 07
Vinegar does, in my opinion, improve the taste of fish.. I remember my mom soaking fish, especially fresh lakewater fish, in vinegar for a couple hours. IT really does take the fishy taste out of fish;)+
• United States
3 Feb 07
really? it just doesn't seem to go together with me, but i might chance a taste the next time i go...thanks for the answer