June 8, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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I recently found a place that serves Squirrel Fish (aka Sweet and Sour Fish,松鼠鱼). This place also happens to be the lavishly decorated LA branch of a Shanghai restaurant that people have reviewed as serving authentic Shanghai cuisine and specializing in Sheng Jian Bao (aka pan-fried pork buns).
Interested in giving it a try? It will be family style so bring cash.
- Squirrel Fish (menu price ~$30)
Shanghai cuisine well-known dishes:
- Smoked Fish (menu price ~$14)
- Sheng Jian Bao
- Sweet and Sour Short Ribs
- Lion's Head
- Old Alley Pork
Interesting background info on Squirrel Fish:
Squirrel Fish is so named because of the crosshatch technique used to cut into the fish flesh, which after being deep-fried opens up the body and positions the head and tail like a jaunty squirrel. The whole fish is deboned before frying to give it further lift. Legend has it that that during Emperor Qianlong’s extensive tour of the south, he caught sight of a particularly frisky carp and, delighted by its apparent zest for life, ordered it to be cooked immediately. In an attempt to capture the fish’s former joie de vivre, the chef focused on giving it a reanimated-look when he fried it. Others say that the origin of the dish’s name lies in the squirrel-like squeaks and squeals that erupt from the flesh when hot sauce is poured over it.
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