Crispy Fried Flounder, Joyful House

The flounder is a favorite at this venerable Chinese restaurant, a go-to spot for many Asian aficionados for its classic Cantonese- and Hong Kong-style cuisine. The flat, meaty fish is deep-fried until the crust is crisp and golden brown. The whole fish is boned at the table and served with a slightly sweet, thin soy, garlic and green onion sauce on the side to dress each bite.

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