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How to Make Chinese-Style Fried Cream Dory

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how to make Chinese-style fried cream dory

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 a cream dory recipe

ingredients for a cream dory recipe

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:

  • 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.

Finished Product

cream dory fish fillets

cream dory fish fillets

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.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 15, 2018:

Hi Liz,

Noted! I'll try to look for it if I get the chance! Thank you for your wonderful information! Have a great day!

Liz Westwood from UK on October 15, 2018:

There are just a few Wetherby Whalers in Yorkshire.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 15, 2018:

Hello Liz,

You are absolutely right with the cruise terminal. Southampton is the favorite place of cruise ships to start their journey. It's sad to know that it happened to Harry Ramsden. I think I heard about the Wetherby Whaler before. I look for it during my next visit.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 15, 2018:

Sadly Harry Ramsdens went through a boom and bust phase. The original one in Guiseley is now called The Wetherby Whaler, but the plaque is still there and photos of Harry Ramsden. I'm guessing Southampton was handy for the cruise terminal.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 15, 2018:

Hi Liz,

Fish and chips are something you can't miss when you visit in UK. I can still remember my very first fish and chips, I actually ate in of Harry Ramsden chain in Southampton. Since then, it had been my favorite.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2018:

We still have cod, although it has got more expensive. Also haddock and plaice. Whenever our children had German penfriends to stay we always made sure to buy them fish and chips, the great British delicacy. Also took them to a carvery restaurant for a roast dinner.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 14, 2018:


Yes, you can use any fish like cod. It's a common fish in UK right? This is actually a breaded version of your famous fish and chips. Every time I visited UK, I can't resist myself of not eating that as I truly enjoy the combination of the dish.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2018:

This would be hard to get in the UK, but I am guessing that the recipe could be adapted and used with other fish.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 09, 2018:

Hi Eric,

I enjoy eating freshly caught fish only if I'm on vacation in a nearby bay area. It's seldom to happen since most of the time I'm living in the city. Overall, I will stick eating fish rather than any other meats.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 08, 2018:

Other than all fish being frozen on ice for transport we get it "fresh" and can even pick them out of a tank. My wife's mom insisted she did not serve it to me as a husband dying of a bone stuck was serious bad ju ju.

We laugh about it now. its in a sour soup now on the stove.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 08, 2018:

Hello Eric,

Really? It's nice to know that somebody also knows this fish. It's a common in Asian region. It's far affordable than any other local fish but comes frozen in the market.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 08, 2018:

Wonderful article and recipe. Reminded me of the old "Basa" trade battle with the U.S. We eat this about once a week here.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 08, 2018:

Hi Pamela,

It tasted so good. You can use other fillet fish if you want to. Thanks for dropping by.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 08, 2018:

Interesting recipe and dory is new to me. It looks tasty.