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Nova Scotia Fish and Chips – More Canadian Treats

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One of the things we miss from Canada, while living in Ecuador is Nova Scotia Fish and Chips.  The fish is usually haddock, fresh, sweet white meat.  And they serve it deep fried in a light crispy batter that’s soooo good!

Depending on where you eat it, sometimes the batter has beer or other secret ingredients mixed in to enhance the flavor.  I’ve never cooked battered fish so I don’t know much about getting it just right.  From the experience I have eating it, some people have got the knack for preparing it, and some don’t.

There is a little shack (The Battered Fish – only in Canada do fish and chip stands have their own web site…) along the boardwalk on the Halifax Waterfront where we like to go for really good fish and chips.  There are picnic tables out back where we sit and take in the sights while enjoying our meal.

I like to spread a coating of tarter sauce over the surface of the fish batter, and then drizzle ketchup in squiggly designs all over the tarter sauce.  Believe it or not I can still taste the fish and batter under all of that, and it’s perfect.  The french fries (chips) added as a side to the battered fish make for a bit of a greasy meal, which may not be the healthiest dish in the world, but so worth it!

We also enjoyed good Fish and Chips at a restaurant called Your Fathers Mustache.  It was a nice place to reminisce with close friends, while visiting Halifax.nova-scotia-fish-and-chips-3-piece-meal


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Dena Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. She is a travel blogger and content marketer. She is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

6 comments… add one
  • Paul Jun 7, 2014, 10:51 am

    Just happened to read your fish & chips article. Haddock, when I lived in Newfoundland Haddock was considered trash fish, any respectable fish & chips place would normally serve Atlantic Cod, but if you wanted the best fish & chips I have ever tasted you would order Halibut. For years I visited Chris’s Fish & Chips run by Chris an Englishman who was in the British Navy during World War II, just to listen to his stories, Haddock comes in black frozen blocks, they use it to make imitation crab, if you ever went to a factory that makes imitation crab you would never touch the stuff.


    • Bryan Haines Jun 7, 2014, 1:33 pm

      Friends who grew up in Newfoundland told me about the time that lobster was also considered trash. A mix of crop fertilizer and poor mans food. How times have changed!

  • Sarah May 4, 2012, 9:06 pm

    Ahh, you make me miss home.its been a long time since I’ve been into the ‘Stache. The n ext time you go, get there on a Wednesday for their wing nite. 🙂

  • Lucie Piché-Cantin Jan 3, 2012, 2:03 pm

    The next time you’re in Salinas, drop by Big Ralphs Hostal and Restaurant. He is an English chef, buys his fish fresh at the market, coats it in a beer batter. Simply delicious (and cheap also). He also serves a 3-course meal at the end of each month for expats. When we’re there, he makes pie for me: lemon and chocolate (not mousse, the real thing).

    • Bryan Haines Jan 3, 2012, 3:10 pm

      Thanks Lucie. We’ll check it out. By the way, I removed the link because it was broken.

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