Chinese Sauerkraut Fish

I’ve never heard of Chinese Sauerkraut Fish before until I stumbled upon it on someone’s Insta account. I’m always game for Szechuan so we decided to give them a try when we were in Richmond. They specialize in one dish; you guessed it, fish sauerkraut.

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Hours and sign outside.

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We dropped in on a Sunday evening (around 6:30pm) and were shocked to find it completely packed. We put our names down and waited for about 45 minutes for a table to open up.

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The inside is spacious and is split into two seating areas; the table booths that they have are comfortable and luxurious. Service is typical but lacking; they forgot to bring out one of our sides and didn’t refill our tea cups.

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The menu is small; literally, the only thing you’re ordering here is their speciality (small, large and the feaster option) but there’s also starters, sides, vegetables, rice & noodles and drinks.

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Click here to see the menu (1 and 2).

Fish belly ($7.99)
DSC01635M’s friend suggested we try this but for some reason, she couldn’t describe what it was. We gave it a try; it’s smoked fish jerky. We’d actually ate something similar the weekend before at a Shanghainese spot. This one was more bonier so it wasn’t as enjoyable to eat. Skip it.

Chinese sauerkraut fish ($39.99 small)
DSC01640This easily fed the three of us. We also added wide starch noodles ($3.99) which were wide, flat glassy noodles. Good bite but you don’t get much of them.

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Broth was tantalizing as you get sour and spicy with a touch of numbness. The heat comes from the Sichuan green peppercorns and dried red chili peppers while sour tones are from the pickled mustard greens.

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Fish was flaky, soft and tender.

Rice ($2.25)
DSC01646The rice goes well with the soup but it’s the dinkiest portion I’ve seen for the price.

Plain noodle ($1.99)
DSC01645If we were to come back, we’d stick with adding 2-3 bowls of noodles. Does the trick.

Chinese donuts ($4.99)
DSC01637These are a must! I normally don’t love these but it went perfectly with the soup. They soak up the flavour brilliantly but still retain their crunchy bite.

CSF is worth a try if you want try something completely different; spicy, sour fish.

Chinese Sauerkraut Fish
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chinese-Sauerkraut-fish/
#101, 4940 Number 3 Road
Richmond, BC
(604) 303-0490

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