Have always wanted to try out what’s known as ‘Tan Yu’ or ‘Kao Yu’ and there’s quite a fair bit of places who does this! One of them is none other than Chong Qing Grilled Fish with a total of 3 outlets islandwide – Bugis, Mosque Street (Chinatown) and Serangoon Gardens. What’s the deal here is that they have the choice of BUFFET! Yes, you see it right! Buffet or Ala Carte, it’s your choice. Personally i find the buffet much more worth it, at a price of about $36.90++, you get to enjoy unlimited portion of ‘Kao Yu’ and ala-carte zi char dishes! It’s damm worth it, if you go with a group of friends. You can find the full menu here. They are also on Burpple beyond (1-1 for their buffet deal), but do note, if you’re using the burpple deal, the ‘Kao Yu’ will only be limited to 1 portion and type of fish is also restricted to just seabass.
So, back to the ‘Kao Yu’! What they have in house is none other than their signature ‘Kao Yu’ in 7 different flavors! For those who know me, will know that i’m an avid foodie for all things spicy, but i do have friends who can’t take spicy food, which sometimes i find it as a good chance to explore flavors out of the spicy chart. So we decided to go for their ‘Mushroom Herbs flavored Kao Yu’, which turned out to be not too bad! It’s not overly sour or salty, has a light refreshing herby flavor, mushroom aroma is not overpowering too. Best thing of it is that you can add additional ingredients to it! Like your cabbage, lotus roots, potato, pork belly etc and many more! It’s like a piping hot pot of essence! The fish is very fresh and meaty too! Can’t help but salivate as i’m blogging this now!
The food quality is not the best but it’s decent for the money we paid for. We ordered much more than what’s below from the ala-carte menu but were too busy eating and decided to give the camera a break. Beside what we have below, we also ordered Sweet & Sour Pork, Prawn Omelette and Ginger Pork. Their Pork Slices and Salted Egg Calamari were on the tougher side. Other than that, am surprised their Butter Clams were all filled with meat, buttery, plump and juicy.
Salted Egg Cheese Tofu
Century Egg with Chopped Green Chilli
Salted Egg Calamari
I actually don’t mind going back again to try out a different flavor of the fish and some other ala-carte dishes! Good variety and reasonable quality for the buffet price! Do make a reservation if you’re going in a big group, they do seems pretty full house even on a random weekday night!
Chong Qing Grilled Fish
18 Mosque St, #01-01, Singapore 059498