I like rice four for beer batter....seems a little lighter and crisper.
I made Matt's batter again last night - I LOVED it, but at the same time, it seemed 'pancake-y"
next time I might try denny's suggestion, though I'll have to plan ahead and buy rice flour.
hey, anybody ever used masa harina in something like this??
I'm going to make fish and chips again soon and am going to take a different approach. I'm going to dredge the cod in flour, dip it in a simple tempura-style beer batter, and fry.
I got original batter idea from Jamie Oliver, who uses an egg. I agree, it is a bit cakey.
Re: masa harina, it might be interesting to try, but masa harina has powdered lime (and corn, obviously) in it which might not lend a particularly "English" character to the fish and chips.