Kitchen gadgets are almost always a â€œluxuryâ€â€¦you can get a pretty good meal on the table with just some matches, a sharp knife and perhaps a spoon or fork (besides the ingredients for the dish, of course!). However, if you get beyond that puritan ethic, a whole new world of things for the kitchen opens up and the acquisitive amongst you know exactly what I mean. I think my heavy duty Kitchen Aid mixer is a necessity for example, so is my Dualit bistro toaster, my mandoline, knives, etc. Sometimes these gadgets serve a really good purpose that nothing else seems to be able to doâ€¦and a good FISH PAN is really very usefulâ€¦particularly in countries where serving whole fish at the table is a frequent sight. A good fish pan is a generously sized oval shape and it can fry up an entire fish.
For many years I was in search of a good fish pan after seeing our cook fry up a whole lapu-lapu in a â€œkawaliâ€ that inevitably resulted in a curled and contorted finished product, sometime unevenly cooked as the fish didnâ€™t sit in the fat evenly. I eventually found two nice fish pans, in copper to boot, at a princeâ€™s ransom, at a store in California and one in Paris, France. They are really snazzy but I think also more intended for large fish fillets and even to be presented directly at the table still in the pan. I havenâ€™t dared fry up a large tilapia in my copper pansâ€¦why, I am not sure reallyâ€¦ so I was thrilled to find this less expensive Teflon coated fish pan at Price Club several months ago. It is absolutely perfect for frying up bangus though less effective on a really large fish as the lip is a bit low. Nevertheless, it has become a favorite with our cook who uses it very frequently.