Chinese adventures in Edison, NJ

I figured I’d start a new thread for China since we have one for India. Not sure if this is preferable to having separate threads but I think this may be more helpful for people looking for destinations.

Starting off with our dinner destination yesterday - Hot Space Grilled Fish!

“Grilled fish” is somehow the name given to a Sichuan style… umm… fish casserole? It’s like a hot pot but with a whole fish in it. I got to try this dish for the first time a while back with @MsBean, but have not had it since. Honestly I was not particularly blown away the first time.

This place has straight 5 star reviews on Yelp and boy did they deliver. I went with a couple of chili heads, we tried to order the dish at maximum spice and the waitress steered us away from in and insisted we get it medium. And she was right, at medium spice it was still painful but in a fun way. If you want more spice you can always ask for some chili oil, which is REALLY spicy.

As an app we ordered grilled squid, it was tasty enough. But definitely the fish was the highlight. We wanted to go for the buffalo fish, which is the best deal, as they give you twice the weight of the other fishes, but the waitress again steered us away from it, saying it is extremely bony and even a lot of Chinese people don’t like eating it. I personally don’t mind sucking on every last fish bone but my fellow diners decided to go with the striped bass, which was excellent.

You get to pick some additions to go into the hot pot, and we added some cabbage. I think something carby like a potato would be good too. We added instant ramen noodles at the end and this was the highlight for just about everyone, I’d say it’s practically mandatory. Oh, and for the sauce base the obvious choice is the spicy tofu. It has a stamp of approval and 2 thumbs up on the menu. :slight_smile: As an added bonus you get tofu for free! Anyway this place is well worth the hype and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s into Sichuan flavors. Amazing flavors, great value (despite the fish dishes starting at 50+$, the three of us ate well and came out with the total tab under 90). Also the staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. One of the highlights for Edison Chinese dining for sure!

Oh you also get a complimentary dessert. The reactions on this one was… mixed. :slight_smile:

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Looks & sounds like my kind of place :+1::+1:

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Looks so good. Who ate the fish eyes?

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I think you already know the answer to that MsBean!! I sucked every face bone clean! :see_no_evil:

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I didn’t want to make any assumptions but I would have guessed you - unless of course The Sprout was there then all bets are off.

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Let me link this thread for Chef Tan in nearby Highland Park:

While the two of us ate rather safe, there was an extensive authentic Chinese menu for anyone looking for an adventure (as described in my review).

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I thought about going there too Greg! That place looks great, it’s definitely on my list! Glad you linked it here. That fish head with peppers in your menu pic looks chef’s kiss.

We had a particularly adventurous guest who really wanted to try something different and blazing hot. :slight_smile:

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Not Chinese, but not lengthy enough for its own thread IMO:

Spent Thursday at Island Spa next to HMart. Had never been to a spa before and it was quite relaxing. Anyway inside they have a full service Asian restaurant. And it was delicious! We did not order anything mind blowing, teriyaki tofu and dumplings, but so goof.

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But I’m sure it was an adventure.

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