Smartphones and the Chinese addiction to them has meant wonders for us. I've downloaded an app called Dian Ping (点评) where people review restaurants, cafés, bars... We used it to find Uncle (the Hog Kong restaurant I mentioned in my previous post), and then used it to find this one, Tai Er (太二老坛子酸菜鱼), a nice but affordable restaurant at Mall of the World (花城汇).
You could grab a cup, add hibiscus flowers and hot water for a fragrant drink...
I could also tell (thanks to the app) a popular item was rice cakes (糍粑) with some slightly sweet sauce. Nice, but definitely better as some sort of dessert.
But the pièce de résistance was the restaurant's signature dish, what they themselves translate as "sauerkraut fish" (or, literally from Chinese, sour vegetable fish from the old pot). It even came with instructions! Eat the fish meat. Eat the sour veggies with your rice. Drink your soup.
And how was this dish? Unbelieavably good! The soup was spicy, but not impossibly spicy. It was full of aniseed and peppercorns that released the most delicious of fragrances when you chewed them. The fish was amazing. The veggies on rice were on point. The remaining soup was delicious. And it was crazy filling.
We left that place feeling so happy I think we kept talking about the dish for quite some time! Too good! I'm sure gonna keep using that app to find more treasures!