Wednesday, April 6, 2016

T2014 Pretty Fish

Fish with a bowl of sauce. I have forgotten how the sauce tastes like.

Close up of the fish

Cross section of the fish

Can you see the pork rinds, cubes of tofu, and soya beans in this piece of fish? Have you guessed what dish this is?

It is Pork Jelly In Beijing Style, similar to Zhu Jiao Dong (pork aspic) so this is a savoury dish. We ordered this dish in Xian Lao Man. Price in 2014 is NT120 (now MYR14.50). This dish is served cold.

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  1. That is so pretty! Is it sweet or savoury? I kept thinking this is like sweet jelly dessert but then I see pork rinds, tofu and all?

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    1. It is savoury. I will add this info into the post itself. Thanks for asking.

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  2. Way! This is very attractive and I like that. Would be nicer if the fish swam in the dish filled with deep gravy like muddy waters. Lol

    I was earlier attracted to Yannie's Orange Koi fishes which were desserts. Now you have this other innovative dish. Chefs have always been artistic and clever in China with coking ideas since the ancient times.

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    1. You can prepare this dish with your idea of the fish swimming in deep gravy! :)

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  3. Always heard of Zhu Jiao Dong but never tried before, maybe because it is cold that is why I am not so interested, but is it appetizing?

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  4. I like the presentation of this dish, so interesting and nice looking

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  5. Yes, it does look nice. I think I've seen something like this somewhere, some meat in jelly dish, except that it was not in the shape of a fish. I wonder what it tastes like.

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    1. The pork rinds are chewy/springy. The taste depends on the ingredients used to oook the pork rinds to form the gelatinous gravy. Some recipes use chinese wine so the jelly will have the chinese wine taste. Some recipes use 5 spice or star anise so the jelly will taste of 5 spice or star anise.

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  6. Eh the fish looks so so nice.. Yup, I know it's "jelly fish", I've seen people do the same with pork.. Pork jelly with all the innards inside, for health well-being..

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  7. Omg, the fish scared me, I thought is a real cook first, then I was wondered like why the fish looks like still in a very good shape one, hehe! Then who knows turn out is jelly, don't know besides the fish shape, what else shape do they have leh!

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    1. This shop only uses the fish shape. Other shops will use other shapes.

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  8. Cannot lah... cold one right? I don't really like cold dishes >.<

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    1. This one is just cold, not cold like ice cream cold. Have you eaten the first dish 4 seasons or something like that in wedding banquets and one of the 4 seasons food is a cold dish? Keep trying cold dishes, who knows one day you may come across one that will change your mind.

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  9. Nice to look at...but I don't like savoury stuff in a cold jelly-like concoction.

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    1. Like I replied RG above, keep trying cold dishes, who knows one day you may come across on that you like. This jelly is not those wobbly wobbly jelly, it is quite firm and the cold is not ice cold, it is cold like your sushi sashimi kind of cold. Can you eat sashimi? Sashimi is also considered cold savoury food and it is softer than this jelly here.

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    2. I do like cold dishes especially those hot & cold combination of the 4 seasons platter. And of course I do eat sashimi. I just don't like this dish featured here!

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    3. Food is for eating. How come you can tell you don't like to eat this by looking at the photo and have not given it a fair judgement by tasting it a bit? Have you tasted a similar dish? Even so it could be the fault of the chef and not the dish. Judges of food shows have to taste the dishes featured before giving their judgement. Poor eatery, being judged by the photos that were taken. No wonder some eateries don't allow photos to be taken for their food cos food is for the mouth and not for the eyes. :D

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    4. I beg to differ...we eat with our eyes too (at least I do) and this is something I know I won't like.

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    5. Too is the key word here. You eat with your eyes too meaning you got to at least taste the food too but for this, you didn't even taste the food. Suit yourself if you want to mind block some food by deciding after only looking at it and without giving it a chance by tasting it too that you don't like it. I wonder what are the other food that you have decided not to try at all after your eyes tell you your tongue won't like it, hahaha.

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    6. Stinky tofu...I not only eat with my eyes but with my nose too (and all other senses if I can help it)...and my nose tells my tongue that it stinks, so I'm not going to try!

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    7. I guess you also don't eat durians and have never tried eating durians then. Stinky tofu is like durians, stinky to the nose but taste great on the tongue. :D

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    8. Actually durians don't smell stinky (to me), it's just very pungent. I've tried durians before but I don't find their texture and taste pleasurable, so I've not eaten them since.

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    9. Good that you at least ate a bit of durian before coming to the conclusion that you did not like them.

      Saying one does not want to try a dish after looking at it = making a conscious decision.

      Saying one doesn't like a dish just by looking at it without even tasting a bit of it is just being prejudice.

      From the dictionary: prejudice = preconceived opinion that is not based on actual experience.

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    10. Thanks for your definitions...but (unfortunately) there are some food that I know I won't like after looking at it, so I won't try. An example will be fried bugs and stinky tofu.

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    11. Nothing unfortunate about it. So you made a conscious decsion not to try both food items. I also don't want to try fried bugs unless of course I am starving and eating fried bugs is the only way to stay alive.

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  10. Oh, so it's not really a fish hah..hah...

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    1. hah hah hah, no it is not a real fish.

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  11. Interesting! I thought it was all agar agar and jelly... so it is savoury? hmmm... wonder how it taste!

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    1. The pork rinds are chewy/springy. The taste depends on the ingredients used to oook the pork rinds to form the gelatinous gravy. Some recipes use chinese wine so the jelly will have the chinese wine taste. Some recipes use 5 spice or star anise so the jelly will taste of 5 spice or star anise.

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  12. I was a little 'aghast' at first glance, thought what kind of fish is that?

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    1. Hahaha, you thought it was a real fish too? Sorry for the confusion.

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  13. haha...that fish really tricked me....despite being shaped like a fish, the ingredients are none from the fish...so this is a cold dish sort of appetizer?

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    1. Yes, it is a cold dish sort of sppetiser.

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  14. At first glance, I thought it was agar agar jelly in the shape of a fish until I read your description. I wonder how it taste like. Don't know whether I will like this or not.

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    1. You can try this if you go to China or Taiwan or even Singapore. Not sure where we can find this here.

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  15. WOW! This is the first time I've seen this up close. :)

    Beautiful fish indeed. I actually saw it in a CCTV documentary about food in China. They also have something like this where you can eat it cold as it is, or slice off a bit and put it on top of a bowl of piping hot rice. It will slowly dissolve and become gravy and bits of pork, vegetable etc which would make the rice taste nicer!

    I'll love to try this one day too. I'll definitely KIV this.

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    1. That's a good way for those who don't like to eat cold food to eat this by dissolving it with a bowl of piping hot rice. Great idea! :)

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