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Eating Asian at TigerFish

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 6:45pm
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We’ve all had it happen. Suddenly and without warning, you find yourself craving an extremely specific food. Maybe it’s pizza. Maybe it’s sushi. Maybe it’s a lot of things, but it’s probably Chinese food. You can satisfy that craving at TigerFish, open daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. The menu takes you on a journey from Mongolia through China and across Southeast Asia, with dishes that delight adventurous eaters and those that will make the “I just want a great egg roll” people happy.

Why does Asian comfort food taste so, well, comforting? A main component is carbs (noodles, rice) which helps you “feel good” along with fats and sugars and salt that lights up your taste buds and mellows the brain. TigerFish dials it up a notch with delightful twists, like General Tso’s Crispy Chicken and Waffles with chili butter and ginger maple syrup, or the pad thai-esque Street Noodles, tamarind coated rice noodles brimming with vegetables, cashews and your choice of protein. A focus on smaller moderately priced sharing plates lets you try a little of everything while you dine at socially distant tables inside, outside, at the beach or at home.

TigerFish was already adept at take-out before Covid came along and that end of the business has increased since they opened. They take care to make sure your dishes look as good in the takeout box as they do on the plate, including all the sauces and final touches that make the dish so visually appealing when it comes out of the kitchen. You may pick-up your order right inside the front door or they’re happy to bring it out to your car if you’re hesitant to come in.

My to-go order of OTT Pineapple Fried Rice is the restaurant’s show-stopper. OTT stands for “Over The Top” and it describes this dish perfectly. A large half-pineapple overflows with fried rice laden with fresh crisp green and red peppers, onions and egg. Plump crispy shrimp nestled amidst juicy pineapple chunks and crunchy bean curds cool the subtle spice from the rice. Diner’s heads turn when this dish goes by on a tray; in my takeout box it is just as spectacular.

An extensive cocktail menu, including sake, can be ordered to-go as well. The Zombie is a real treat for rum lovers, with light and dark rum, bitters, grapefruit juice, fresh mint and a cinnamon stick making for a refreshing beverage that’s not too sweet or too sour; it’s just right for a cool summer night.

TigerFish has a very popular late night menu from 9:30p.m. to midnight featuring favorites like pork dumplings, spare ribs, crab rangoons and the one dish that will leave you smiling with contentment—crack fries. I won’t tell you what makes them so cravable, but (as the menu. says) trust me (and TigerFish)—they are just that good.

TigerFish is located on Corn Neck Road, phone is (401) 466-2300 or visit tigerfishBI. com