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Chinatown Singapore: Take a Bite: Ugly fish in Singapore's Chinatown

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com
When in doubt traveling in a foreign city, follow the locals. In Singapore’s Chinatown, a lot of parties were centered around this fish dish. Watch the video below to see the fish cooking over fire.


BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Day two in Singapore saw us heading to Chinatown where we hoped to find the nation’s famous chili crab. Possibly because of demand, hawker stalls were out. But, in People’s Park food court, we saw a wondrous sight: people walking by with large pans carrying Chong Qing grilled fish.

It’s a variation of a hot pot dish that originated in Chong Qing, China, part of Sichuan province, which explains its spicy character and use of the tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorn. Here though, the sauce was so balanced I didn’t mind the peppercorns at all.

The fish—in this case grouper—is not really grilled, but deep-fried; layered over bean sprouts, sliced onions and other veggies; doused with the soy-sesame-black bean-ginger-spice sauce; then topped with........

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