Tong Fu Ju Grilled Fish Restaurant Review (Sichuan)同福聚烤鱼(四川菜） | by tiffanyyong.com
A small restaurant easily missed and hidden by the roadside stalls, Tong Fu Ju is one of the many Sichuan restaurants along Smith Street (between Chinatown MRT and Tanjong Pagar MRT). With a traditional Chinese setting, the green walls, red curtains and lanterns it gave me a really festive (Chinese New Year) feeling.
I was looking forward to this food tasting as I went Sichuan in 2011 on a school exchange program and love the food there (especially the fish!) So, it’s a good chance for me to see if the restaurant is as “traditional” as they claimed. The first thing that caught my eye when I sat down was the story about Grilled Fish and the simple guide to using chopsticks.
Here Comes the Food! 上菜咯！
I usually try to avoid Pork Belly as I don’t like eating the fats. But being a profession *ahem* food blogger, I decided to try it. I think you should know how the food taste with my BIG STAR on top. Together with the special garlic sauce, the thin slices of pork belly seems to melt in your mouth. For people who are afraid of the stench (ya know what I mean), the slightly salty sauce make you think of nothing but the soft meat. I would say this is a must try, especially for pork belly lovers!
I have to confess that, I accidentally took a bite thinking it’s pork when I’m not supposed to take beef (due to religious reason). And it’s indeed delicious. I was going to take a second slice when the waiter served the REAL pork dish and told me it’s beef. So I’m not going to rate this since I only had one slice, but you should get the hint when it is enough to make me go back for a second slice!
Here comes the signature dish: Charcoal Grilled Live Fish!
I can say, it’s really impressive. The regular size can easily fit the stomach of 2 people if you are just ordering this along, 4 or more if you are ordering other dishes.
I used my small hand as a guide to show you how big is the regular fish! The fish is really tender, a little crispy on the outside because of the grilling. Dip in the chilli oil, you would think it would be VERY spicy, but it’s just perfect. Besides the level of spiciness (Level 1-3) there are also 4 types of fish for you to choose from: Patin, Sea Bass, Besouga, Grouper (in the order of meat tenderness). Patin is the most tender while Grouper’s meat is firmer.
Below the fish, there are bean sprouts, onions etc. You need vegetables to balance your meal! It’s my favourite dish, because I love eating the sprouts! They are those Korean Soy Bean Sprouts, not the normal ones we find in our bee hoon!
Bullfrog lovers, get ready to be numb by this dish! I didn’t taste this dish as my chopsticks were already on next dish, but I heard from Juliana, the other blogger who was with me that the frog legs were really tender and sweet.
This is a “MUST-HAVE” for all Sichuan food lovers. It’s also a dish I had daily (almost!) when I was in Sichuan. A bite into their chicken might numb your tongue! Haha, but it’s really addictive! I guess this dish is also how people get the impression that Sichuan food are all spicy!
So if you are feeling all spiced up and numb from the spices, I would recommend this. This is a special type of mushroom (I didn’t had this before, not even in Sichuan!) And it’s called tea-tree mushroom! (I wonder if it helps with the acne like tea-tree oil :P) Together with the slightly crispy lotus roots, I ate 60% of the dish and even packed the rest home! It’s a healthy (+ Delicious) alternative for people who can’t take the chilli and spice!
Here comes dessert! I had something similar in Sichuan, it’s salted egg yolk with corn. But this come in the shape of pizza slice! Cute! If you are expecting something really sweet (like sweet corn), you might be disappointed. The corn cake is slightly sweet and crispy, something to sooth your tongue (if they are numb!)
Find Tong Ju Fu Grilled Fish with Streetdirectory App
Now street directory has an app, and you can simple key in the name of the restaurant and it will show you where it is!
For more information about the restaurant, do visit the official website! Once again, thanks streetdirectory.com and Tong Fu Ju Grilled Fish Restaurant for the invite!
若想了解更多详情，请到同福聚的官网。再一次谢谢 Street Directory 和同福聚的邀请！
Disclaimer: Please be rest assured that even though the food were sponsored, it does not have any bearing on the content of this post. Opinions stated are genuine and honest.