As you all know I love food, street food, fine food, pick up a fork and stab me food. So it should be no surprise that I love good fish. Growing up literally a 5 minute bike ride from Rainy Lake in North Western Ontario I could hold a fishing rod before I learned to tie my own shoes.
Mom and Dad both loved to fish so I grew up with an appreciation for the different flavours that came out of the lake. It was a funny little rule that my father had when he took the family out for dinner. We could eat anything on the menu besides freshwater fish. He reasoned that we had access to a well stocked freezer full of the best fish in the world so why should he have to pay for it when eating out.
Having said that I no longer live 5 minutes from Rainy Lake so what’s a poor boy to do when he’s got a hankering for fish. Well I head down to Fergies Fish n’ Chips at The Forks Market. The current incarnation of seafood market and fish and chips stand has been open since 2004 and boasts having access to the over five million visitors The Forks Market attracts each year.
Although Manitoba is hardly next to any major seaport we are however a première shipping hub supplying North America with everything from fresh flowers and yes you guessed it fresh fish. One thing Fergies prides itself on is the freshness and quality of its ingredients. From the locally grown fresh cut Russet Burbank potato to the “caught yesterday” selection of Cod, Halibut and Lake Manitoba Walleye (Pickerel).
When eating fish freshness is king, and Fergies delivers that in classic style. Each piece is coated in a beer batter moments before it hits the hot oil, protecting the delicate filet and effectively poaching it to give a crispy delicious exterior and a moist flaky interior to the fish.
The chips are treated with equal care, freshly cut and blanched in hot oil before being quickly dunked again for a properly cooked fry. Crispy and hot on the outside and tender on the inside.
Put the two together and an English favourite hits Winnipeg. A dash of salt and a splash or two of malt vinegar is all you need to complete this after pub classic.
So when you get a craving for an inexpensive but delicious fish treat you know where to go, Fergies Fish n’ Chips at The Forks Market.