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How to Make Chinese-Style Fried Cream Dory

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Learn how to make Chinese-style fried cream dory

Learn how to make Chinese-style fried cream dory

Cream dory, also known as pangasius, is a fish with spiny fins that is commonly seen in Southeast Asia. It has white flesh and a neutral flavor that works well in many dishes. It usually comes filleted and frozen when sold at the market.

In this recipe, I fried cream dory in a crispy, crunchy, Chinese-style breading mix. The seasoned flour is very flavorful, and it adds a lovely dimension to the mild fish. This recipe makes for a wonderful snack or a main meal.

Ingredients for Chinese-style fried cream dory

Ingredients for Chinese-style fried cream dory

Ingredients for Chinese-Style Breading Mix

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chinese Five Spice (cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns)
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 tablespoon onion powder

Ingredients for Chinese-Style Fried Cream Dory

  • 500 grams cream dory fish, sliced
  • Chinese-style breading mix (above)
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper


For Preparation:

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  • 4 big bowls
  • 2 small bowls
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • pan
  • cooking spoon

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

15 min

25 min

12 pieces


  1. Season cream dory with salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare the 3-step breading set-up (flour, egg, breading mix).
  3. Bread the fish first with flour, then with egg, then with breading mix.
  4. Arrange breaded fish on a plate.
  5. Freeze the whole plate before cooking or packing it.
  6. Once ready, heat oil in a frying pan.
  7. Fry breaded fish until golden brown in color.
  8. Remove the fried fish from oil. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
  9. Best served with fries or rice.
Chinese-style fried cream dory, ready to. serve

Chinese-style fried cream dory, ready to. serve

Tips and Techniques

  • Add any other marinade to make it tastier.
  • Freeze breaded fish before frying to achieve a crunchier texture.
  • Cook the leftover egg you used to bread the fish rather than throwing it out.
  • Replace panko with finer breadcrumbs.
  • This can be served either as a main dish or as an appetizer.
  • Cook it as a pulutan (beer match food) and pair it with your favorite alcoholic drink.

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