Fish-and-chip shops cop a serve over small portions

Picture: KEN ROBERTSONLong and skinny or short and stubby, Australians have an undeniable love affair with the humble hot chip.While a kilogram of potatoes is a relatively straightforward proposition, asking for a ”minimum” or ”small” serve of chips can produce portions ranging from princely to miserly.The Herald visited five fish-and-chip shops around Sydney to test who is dishing up the most generous servings, and those committing salt and battery on our wallets.At Glebe Fish Bite, the smallest order of chips delivered 220 grams of golden fries for $1.50, making it the best value at 68 cents for 100 grams. It was closely followed by Olde Fashioned Fish & Chips in Naremburn, which cost 83 cents for 100 grams. The poorest value was at Bondi Seafood Market ($1.36/100g) and Peters Fish Market at the Sydney Fish Market ($1.25/100g), which was the only outlet that did not cook the chips fresh.Across the Tasman, consumers have had a skinful of fish-and-chip shops’ stinginess with the scoop. The Chip Group – comprising New Zealand potato growers, oil companies and health groups – wants to standardise the size of a ”scoop” of chips. The Chip Group has already developed standards concerning the cooking, draining and salting of hot chips which have the potential to lower the fat content of chips by 20 per cent. The Heart Foundation has been working with fast food chains and outlets to reduce saturated fat levels by switching to so-called healthier oils. It has also backed a government initiative that would force fast-food chains to display the kilojoule, saturated fat and salt content of their products at the point of sale.”Consumers have a right to know what they’re eating and they don’t get that when they go to these quick service restaurants,” said the NSW head of the Heart Foundation, Tony Thirlwell.Australians consume about 359,000 tonnes of hot chips each year, or 16 kilograms per person, while New Zealanders eat their way through about 27 kilograms. ”[Hot chips] don’t have to be laden with unhealthy saturated fats. The oils will make the difference because they get absorbed,” Mr Thirlwell said. Source: smh南京夜网.au
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