Chong Qing Grilled Fish

January 23, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Chong Qing Grilled Fish
1 Liang Seah Street #01-05

18 Mosque Street

45 Geylang Lorong 27


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Grilled Grass Carp In Spicy Fragrant Broth, With Lotus Root, White Radish, Enoki Mushroom, Frozen Beancurd (SGD $63.20)



Szechuan Style Charcoal Grilled Fish

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 7
Value for Money: 6
Spent about SGD $27 per person.


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Named after the Chongqing region of Southwest China, Chong Qing Grilled Fish specialises in Chinese Sichuan / Szechuan cuisine, in particular, a charcoal grilled fish served in a spicy mala gravy, which is their signature dish. Founded in April 2010, Chong Qing Grilled Fish has become a popular late-night haunt for traditional Chinese Sichuan / Szechuan food.

Ambience at Chong Qing Grilled Fish is brightly lit and clean, though the sturdy dark wooden furniture is closely packed to maximise seating. As a result, the place is noisy and bustling, especially if guests start speaking really loudly. Ventilation is average, with only a faint smell of cooking that sticks to your clothing. There's minimal decor, the place isn't designed for aesthetics, and is rather functional in form. At least there's pretty paintings on the walls, of auspicious koi fish.

Service at Chong Qing Grilled Fish is pretty good. While staff mostly converse in Chinese Mandarin, at least they are friendly, courteous, and efficient. However, I have seen the senior staff conversing with non-Chinese diners / tourists in fluent English. The menu has English descriptions, and pointing at dishes works too. I note that staff are quick to seat diners and take orders, as well as clear empty / dirty tables or plates. Am actually rather surprised that the service is above average.

Food at Chong Qing Grilled Fish consists mainly of traditional Chinese Sichuan / Szechuan cuisine. The menu is small but with good variety, and the majority of food is naturally savoury, salty, and spicy. Portions are medium large, plated for sharing, and communal dining is highly encouraged. Prices are reasonable for individual dishes, but expensive for add-on options, budget about SGD $27 per person for a decent meal here.


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Chong Qing Grilled Fish Facade


Chong Qing Grilled Fish Menu


Chong Qing Grilled Fish Menu



They have a small variety of local China beers on the menu, like this Beer Tsingtao (SGD $7), a straw golden pilsner with a light, carbonated body, and tastes of rice, corn, and grain, with low bitterness and a hint of citrus sweetness. All the beers here are very cheap!

Beer Tsingtao (SGD $7)



The Szechuan Mouth Watering Chicken (SGD $6.80) is a popular Sichuan appetizer, featuring chilled poached chicken in a spicy, oily gravy. This classic Chinese dish has tender, succulent chicken meat that is clean tasting, fresh, and sweet, while the gravy; fragrant with garlic, chili, and peppercorn; has a slow, lingering burn. Cool down with the chilled, crunchy slices of cucumber plated beneath! Highly recommended!

Szechuan Mouth Watering Chicken (SGD $6.80)


Szechuan Mouth Watering Chicken



The String Beans With Minced Pork And Dried Chili (SGD $11) is incredibly tasty, due to its savoury, salty flavours of fragrant minced pork, garlic, and chili. The string beans are soft, but not limp, retaining a bright freshness in the center. Really nice when paired with white rice. Pretty good dish!

String Beans With Minced Pork And Dried Chili (SGD $11)


String Beans With Minced Pork And Dried Chili



The Jiaozi Pork Dumplings (SGD $8) is an off-menu item, usually only available if you order a hot-pot. However, staff will accomodate requests for ala-carte, provided it's not reserved for hot-pot diners. I like the clean, sweet, fresh tasting pork meat within the lightly steamed dumplings, and the skin has the right thickness. Ask for vinegar as a dipping sauce for more flavour!

Jiaozi Pork Dumplings (SGD $8)


Jiaozi Pork Dumplings


Jiaozi Pork Dumplings



The Golden Fried Mantou (SGD $3.80) I felt was below average, as it's not as soft as I like. While it has a crisp crust, the bun itself is rather oily, and I fail to see why it should be dipped into a mala gravy then eaten. Not to my liking, as it's much too oily.

Golden Fried Mantou (SGD $3.80)



The Grilled Seabass In Spicy Fragrant Broth, With Enoki Mushroom, Frozen Beancurd (SGD $45.60) is the signature dish here. The fresh, meaty, seabass fish with sweet, succulent white meat has been charcoal grilled, making the skin savoury salty, with a hint of smoky flavour. It's then served in a oily, spicy mala gravy, along with your choice of optional add-on ingredients. I got this with enoki mushroom and frozen beancurd, which soaks up the gravy beautifully.

Grilled Seabass In Spicy Fragrant Broth, With Enoki Mushroom, Frozen Beancurd (SGD $45.60)


Grilled Seabass In Spicy Fragrant Broth, With Enoki Mushroom, Frozen Beancurd



The Grilled Grass Carp In Spicy Fragrant Broth, With Lotus Root, White Radish, Enoki Mushroom, Frozen Beancurd (SGD $63.20) is slightly larger in size, but the fish also has more fine, small bones. Also charcoal grilled, the white flesh and skin of the grass carp fish is sweet, savoury, salty, succulent, and fresh. Personally, I prefer the seabass fish over this, because it's easier to eat.

Grilled Grass Carp In Spicy Fragrant Broth, With Lotus Root, White Radish, Enoki Mushroom, Frozen Beancurd (SGD $63.20)



The savoury smoky Hot Plate Mutton With Cumin (SGD $18) has sliced mutton and onions, done the way the Chinese like it; semi-firm and slightly dry, with a chewy texture. The taste is not gamey at all, thanks to the liberal use of cumin and chili, the meat is savoury without being overly salty, and incredibly fragrant and mouth-watering in aroma. Felt this dish was pretty good!

Hot Plate Mutton With Cumin (SGD $18)


Hot Plate Mutton With Cumin



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