Mandarin fish, filleted and skillfully carved, fried in hot oil until tender... Doused in a sauce that's a fusion of sugar and vinegar, the flesh seems to protrude and its head rises, so that it resembles a squirrel. Hence the name, Squirrel Mandarin Fish. A representative dish of Jiangsu cuisine, Squirrel Mandarin Fish became famous thanks to Emperor Qianlong, who was a big fan. Jiangsu cuisine, incorporating the "southern sweet" style, is one of China's eight major culinary traditions.
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