Yangshuo Beer Fish 阳朔啤酒鱼

I first heard about this dish when I visited Yangshuo in Guilin, China. I’m not sure how authentic this Yangshuo beer fish is, but here’s my interpretation. The important thing is, it must taste good. The other important thing? Tiger Beer.

As you can see, the ingredients are pretty much the things you usually find in your kitchen.

I like a good helping of chopped spring onions. Marinate it with the fish.

Next, you fry the fish until it’s brown on both sides.

Then, you add the bean paste and other stuff like garlic, tomatoes etc and continue frying. I like to fry them separately so I don’t break up the fish.

If you like beer, go ahead and pour in the whole can. Simmer for a while.

And we are ready to serve. Bear in mind that depending on the amount of beer you’ve poured in, this dish can taste bitter. However, there is also a unique fragrance to this very special dish from Yangshuo, Guilin.

Beef Noodles

This is Crystal Jade’s beef noodles. The beef is boiled, not fried. Nice and tender – not overcooked. The sauce is also pretty good. Overall, quite a healthy dish.

The only problem? The noodles are too soggy and overcooked.

Mango Dumpling

Wrapped in bamboo leaves, this “dumpling” from Crystal Jade My Bread may fool you. But make no mistake about it, this is a mango dessert in dumpling clothing.

There’s no glutinuous rice here, of course. Instead, you’ll find some sort of a mango mousse or pudding hidden inside the bamboo leaves. The texture is just nice. It’s neither soggy nor tough. A plastic spoon will cut through easily, but it doesn’t stick like ice cream.

I expected it to be sickly sweet, but to my pleasant surprise, it’s not. There are bits of nata sprinkled all over the “dumpling” and that gives some chew to this otherwise melty dessert. Nice taste, not too greasy or filling, but the mango flavour is a tad artificial. The colour is also a bit more durian than mango. $2.80 each.

I would still go for it once in a while.