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May 16, 2008 09:54 PM

Distinctive Asian whole-fish dishes in SGV


I really enjoy Asian whole-fish dishes where you order the fresh fish from a tank, and I'm ready to try out more distinctive preparations than the basic black bean sauce or steamed with ginger and scallions. Any suggestions of places/dishes in the SGV? I don't like super-hot sauces, but I'm open to anything else.

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  1. I am not usually one for catfish, but if you get a chance, you should try Vietnamese style fried. We usually order when we go to a 7 course beef restaurant. You have to order when you first sit down, b/c it takes that long to prep/make/cook and is usually your last course (8th).

    I know that there is also a sweeter Chinese version of whole fried fish that has some sort of sweet/sour sauce, but I usually go for the steamed.

    1. Honestly, the best way to enjoy and appreciate fresh fish is to have it steamed.

      Done any other way, fried, braised, stewed, etc. really defeats the purpose of eating it straight from the tank.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        120% agree. (^_^) Definitely the best way to appreciate it, IMHO.