It should be stated that as a self-proclaimed foodie, I am terribly ashamed of my lower-than-average spice threshold, as well as my lack of interest in eating fish (mainly because of the troublesome bones). As a result, I tend to keep my distance from anything spicy and/or fishy.
A few weeks ago though, a recent trip down to Chong Qing Grilled Fish radicalised my opinions of fish and spice; a story (and taste) I’ll remember for a very long time to come.
I could wax lyrical about how amazing this fish is, but first, take a look for yourself.
Looks pretty intimidating right? Well, looks can be deceiving. Deceiving in a good way for this case. If you have ever dined at Chong Qing Grilled Fish since it opened on our little red dot seven years ago, you would know that every meal here demands an order of their signature grilled fish. The first level of spiciness (which our group opted for, out of three levels) was just perfect for my slightly spice-averse taste buds. The fish itself was tender and fresh without a single tinge of fishiness, and the broth, having been perfectly permeated by the peppery flavour, brings about a complex and multi-layered taste with every bite.
As far as food trends go, salted egg anything is probably one of biggest hits in recent memory. As a bunch of lovers ourselves, we couldn’t resist trying out some of their salted egg offerings. The crispy salted egg fish skin is our communal favourite. As crispy as a packet of potato chips (but even tastier, and warm!), this palatable dish is not greasy at all, and would make a perfect midday pick me up in the office. If they made this into a packet of chips and sell it at NTUC, I would totally buy it. ?
Although a little less flavourful, the steam bun iteration is no less crispier than the salted egg fish skin. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was told this dish was salted egg bruschetta or something. The steam buns were so crisp and crunchy they were bordering on biscuit-land. I also appreciate how the crisp lettuces act as mid-meal palate cleansers if you find the salted egg flavour a bit gelat (which by the way, none of us did).
It’s easy to fall into the routine of constantly visiting the same few restaurants you love over and over again, as long as the standards remain. If the food’s good, why try something else right? Well, as food-lovers, I think we owe it to the all the delicioso food in the world to always keep an open mind and to keep trying new flavours at new places. I could have easily avoided the super spicy looking dish and opted for something well within my comfort zone, but boy am I glad I gave this Chong Qing Grilled Fish a try. My spice senses have been awakened CQGF, and I’l be back.
Chong Qing Grilled Fish
1 Liang Seah Street 01-05/06
Liang Seah Place
Monday – Saturday: 12am – 1.30am
Sunday: 12am – 12am
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