Yang Ji 194 – Famous Garlic Steamed Fish Head
Happy CNY! Hope everyone of you had a fabulous CNY! This year, my aunty and cousins from Guangzhou came to Singapore to celebrate CNY, so we brought them to Chinatown for a walk. I was trying to find a nice cze char for dinner in Chinatown Complex Food Centre because Yuet Loy has to wait for more than an hour and it is impossible to do so with 2 kids and a old man with us. Thankfully, Daniel from Good Beer Company recommended me to his neighbour’s cze char stall: Yang Ji and they do really good garlic steamed fish head.
Chinatown Complex Food Centre is like the steamed fish head paradise with more than 10 cze char stalls selling steamed fish-head dishes! For Yang Ji, the owner has been doing it more than 30 years and his garlic steamed fish head is so well received that even Paradise Group’s CEO, Mr Eldwin Chua, loves it too. As you can see from the grainy pictures above, I wasn’t prepared to take any photos and blog about it. But it’s really yummy so I want to share with you guys!
At Yang Ji, song fish head is used for its big and tender. It is steamed over boiling water for 10 to 15 mins before piling up with garlic sauce. Usually, these freshwater fish has got some muddy taste but Yang Ji covered it up really well with its unique garlic sauce. Its garlic sauce added some minced ginger as well and it only costs $16!
Other notable dishes include the old school sweet & sour pork which is so crispy good. Bitter Gourd with Chicken in Fermented Black Beans is also my favourite. You can taste the slight bitterness of the bittergourd which gives it a bit of bite and when combined with the chicken and black beans.. fantastic. This dish is definitely one I am coming back for. Not forgetting the deep fried prawns and braised tofu!
I was told by Daniel, the stall does excellent fried chicken wings during closing on certain days. So if you are a huge chicken wings fan and is there for dinner after 9pm, you may want to try your luck. Oh ya, you can pair your cze char with some beer from The Good Beer Company (beside Yang Ji 194). They have got good beer selection in hawker centre!
Yang Ji 194
Address: #02-57 Chinatown Complex Market, Blk 335 Smith Street (look for the green zone)
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