Special shoutout to all spicy food lovers, especially those with a penchant for Sichuan cuisine. I’ve been to CQGF for about 6 – 7 times and I am proud to say that they do not disappoint.
You choose your fish right at the start: Sea Bass, Carp, Snapper, Patin Fish, and Marble Goby. We chose the sea bass.
Next up would be the soup bases:
Spicy Fragrant (一品香辣)
Fermented Black Bean (干香豆豉)
Fresh Chillies (辣爽鲜椒)
Hot & Sour (黄金酸辣)
Mushroom Herbs (十里菌香)
Pickled Cabbage (酸菜香烤)
Spicy Numbing (川味麻辣)
We chose the ‘Spicy Fragrant’ with ‘Mild Spice’.
So this beauty of a sea bass was grilled over a charcoal fire first before being submerged in a fiery broth. Tender, white flesh, along with its slightly charred skin gives a real smokiness. On top of this, you can choose your own side dishes to add INTO the broth e.g. luncheon meat, enoki mushrooms, pork belly, beancurd skin etc. it’s slightly pricey but it is value for money.
Next up, the fried mantou with condensed milk as a dipping sauce. The fluffiness of the fried mantou paired with the sweetness of the condensed milk brings you to sugar paradise. However, for health purposes, eat this once every few months.
Spicy food fanatics would love a dish of 辣子鸡. Marinated chicken pieces are first deep fried and then stir-fried with Sichuan chilli peppers, peppercorns, garlic, and ginger. Wash it down (again) with a glass of ice-cold beer but beware of the aftermath though because it’ll hurt. It could be a little dry so having fluids/soup on hand will be better.
Chong Qing Grilled Fish has three branches in Singapore: Chinatown, Bugis, and Serangoon. The one I went to is at Bugis, on Liang Seah Street. A note to those heading there: do go early to queue and make sure your friends come on time as they will allow the party to go in only when everyone is present. Would I recommend it? Definitely.
1 Liang Seah Street, #01-05/06 (Bugis)
18 Mosque Street, #01-01 (Chinatown)
2 Maju Ave (Serangoon)
Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14)
Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19)
Serangoon MRT (NE12/CC13)
12:00PM – 1:30AM (Mon – Sun) – Bugis branch
12:00PM – 1:30AM (Mon – Sun) – Chinatown branch
12:00PM – 2:00AM (Mon – Sun) – Serangoon branch