10.258 Fried Fish in Special Sauce


20 (Fri) September 2019

Fried Fish in Special Sauce


at Fuyuan

-Legaspi Village, Makati, Manila, Philippines-

with the Family

Fuyuan is a Chinese restaurant.  Specializes in Hunanese cuisine.

According to Chinese colleagues in the office – who are mostly from Bejing – Fuyuan is their go-to place. 


Indeed, most of the customers in the busy establishment appeared to be Chinese – like, fresh-off-the-boat Chinese – which seemed to augur an authentic meal.


Even the manager behind the counter – I tried to ask him about booze options – couldn’t speak a lick of English, making me feel like I was in China.

Cabbage (3.5): everyone agreed that this was the best dish.
Dumplings (2.0): the only disappointing dish of the spread.
Clam and Tofu Soup (2.5): fresh clams, fresh tofu, but otherwise kinda bland, probably will never order it again.
Seafood Fried Rice (3.5): as good as fried rice served on a plastic plate can get.

The food was great.  Ingredients = fresh and immaculate.  Flavors = bright and punchy.  Even the dishes that we didn’t like exhibited a high level of quality to be appreciated.  Over the past few years, after nothing but Cantonese – which dominates in Manila – as well as Taiwanese renditions of Cantonese, the experience was refreshing.

The fish appeared to be a parrot fish, which was a bit weird for DJ and me, because they’re very common to see when we dive in the Philippines, and they don’t look that tasty.
But it was quite nice.

The highlight dish was the Fried Fish in Special Sauce.  Firm white flesh, perfectly deep-fried on the outside.  Topped with fresh chilies, garlic, scallions, ginger, and dressed in a sauce that seemed to consist of chili oil, soy sauce, and touch of five-spice, making for an explosive combination.

DJ created his own dish by adding chili oil from the fish to the clam soup – a major improvement.

And items were served within minutes of ordering – like, 4 minutes – the way it should be in a Chinese restaurant, given that the cooking itself only takes seconds – even though most Chinese restaurants in Manila – most restaurants of any kind here – take 30, 40, 60 minutes or more for orders to be completed.

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