What The Fish in Junction 8 mall
To be honest, I felt like a fish out of water when I visited What The Fish for the first time, having mustered the courage to take on the spiciness of Chongqing grilled fish. Located conveniently in Junction 8 mall, they sell five different flavours of the Chinese delicacy, catering to most palates.
The best part about them is that they present their food at much more reasonable price points compared to more established brands like Tan Yu and Chong Qing Grilled Fish. With a dining companion, I wanted to see if I could tahan the impending spiciness from their dishes and whether their affordable fare was matched by good quality.
Food at What The Fish
I felt like I was hit by a right hook when I took a sip from the broth of the Golden Tantalising Punch Half Limbo Fish With Rice ($8.80), with a sharp tanginess that knocked me out of my senses. I was honestly surprised by how meaty the fish was, as I expected way more visible bones, though it was a little tougher than I expected.
The golden colour of the sauce is attributed to the likes of pumpkin, peppers, and sauerkraut infused into it. Yet, it was also noticeably oily and overwhelmingly sour, so it’s definitely an acquired taste especially for someone like me. The red and yellow peppers add a very faint sweetness, while the sauerkraut adds more suan-ness into the equation.
The stinging spice kinda hits you only after you taste it, with a more peppery kick afterwards. On a whim, I decided to add a separate portion of Sweet Potato Vermicelli ($0.70) and it