When I was a kid, fish sticks tasted fishy. But in my adult life fish finger factories forego fishy flavour. Phooey! I can understand why. Sometimes, as a kid, the fishy taste was pretty strong. Good thing we had a lemon tree in the back yard. But they’ve gone too far the other way. Fish sticks don’t taste like anything now. Last night I had some Trader Joe’s fish sticks, and they weren’t even salty.
Have American tastes become such that we (as a whole) don’t want the taste of fish in our (mass-produced, breaded, frozen) fish? What’s the point? Or is just that every brand I try tastes more of bread crumbs than piscatorial provender? Have fishy-tasting frozen fish disappeared? Is there a brand of frozen, breaded fish that strikes a middle ground between overpowering and tasteless?