Chinese Fish Dishes Menu

Sweet and sour fish Delicious Sweet and sour fish, a common fish dish.

Fish is popular all over China, taken fresh from rivers or reared in fish ponds, with sea fish popular in coastal areas. Often you can choose which fish you want at the restaurant by pointing at it in a fish tank. The fish will then be weighed and the price of the dish calculated.

The bones are seldom removed, so eat slowly. Taking bones from the mouth with the fingers and placing them on a side plate is usually considered the polite way to eat, rather than spitting them out. Fish are usually cooked whole, and most Chinese have no problem with eating the fish's head.

As fish has a very light flavor, other ingredients are added to give it what is considered "sufficient taste", particularly chilis, ginger and salt.

See Chinese Common Dishes for other meat dishes and vegetarian dishes.

Fish Dishes

English Chinese Pronunciation Characters
Yangshuo Beer Fish Yángshuò píjiǔ yú Yung-shwor pee-jyoh yoo 阳朔啤酒鱼
West Lake Vinegar Fish Xīhú cù yú Sshee-hoo tsoo yoo 西湖醋鱼
Sichuan Poached Fish Fillets in Hot Chili Oil Sìchuān shuǐzhǔyú Srr-chwann shway-joo-yoo 四川水煮鱼
Broth-Steamed Bass qīngzhēng lúyú Ching-jnngloo-yoo 清蒸鲈鱼
Hunan Steamed Fish Head with Diced Hot Red Peppers Húnán duò jiāo yútóu Hoo-nan dwor jyaoww yoo-toh 湖南剁椒鱼头
Xiamen Boiled Fresh Fish Xiàmén shuǐ zhǔ huóyú Sshyaa-mnn shway joo hwor-yoo 厦门水煮活鱼
Zhuhai Yellow Bone Fish Zhūhǎi huáng gǔ yú Joo-heye hwung goo yoo 珠海黄骨鱼
Zhengzhou Three Tastes Carp Zhèngzhōu lǐyú sān chī Jnng-joh lee-yoo san chrr 郑州鲤鱼三吃
Dunhuang Twin Towers Fish Dūnhuáng shuāng tǎ yú Dwnn-hwung shwung taa yoo 敦煌双塔鱼
Shunde Chrysanthemum Sashimi (sliced fresh fish) Shùndé júhuā yú shēng Shwnn-der jyoo-hwaa yoo-shnng 顺德菊花鱼生
Sichuan Stewed Eel Sìchuān huángmèn mán Srr-chwann hwung-mnn man 四川黄焖鳗

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