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Marks & Spencer Portuguese Sardines in Olive Oil
120 grams for HK$23, Marks & Spencer
These sardines were caught in the northeast Atlantic Ocean and are certified sustainable seafood. Thick and chunky, there are three pieces in each tin, without skins.
Verdict: a tad overcooked, fishy, and too many bones and scales.
Connetable Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Espelette Chillies
115 grams for HK$40, City'super
Smaller in size than Marks & Spencer's sardines, these fish from Brittany swim in a sea of red seedless Espelette peppers, which hail from the French commune of the same name.
Verdict: surprisingly fresh and non-fishy, and the chillies add a subtle kick.
Les Belles de Camargue Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
115 grams for HK$68, Premiere Pression Provence
Olives are an intrinsic part of everyday life in France's Provence region, where these sardines - and the olive oil they're covered in - are produced.
Verdict: the olive oil is delicate and doesn't overpower the fresh and flaky meat, but too many scales get in the way.