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A New Sichuan Seafood Spot Will Soon Open in Asiatown

Xun Yu Si Kao specializes in spicy seafood dishes

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Xun Yu Si Kao, a new destination for Sichuan-style whole roasted fish and more seafood dishes from the Chinese province, will soon open its doors on Bellaire Boulevard.

Sales tax permits filed with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts indicate that the Sichuan eatery will soon open its doors at 9889 Bellaire Boulevard, inside the Dun Huang Plaza. It’s the first Texas outpost for the restaurant, which currently operates locations in Philadelphia and New York City, and a tipster tells Eater that construction on the building has been underway in recent months.

Seafood dishes are abundant on the menu at Xun Yu Si Kao, and it specializes in a dish called shui zhu yu, or “water-boiled fish.” According to the Philadelphia Courier-Post, the dish involves a whole fish poached in broth spiked with tons of Sichuan peppercorn, chiles, and fermented chile-bean paste, among other spices. Grilled whole fish drenched in spicy oil and customizable hot pots with scallop, soft shell crab, and frog (among other proteins) are also a specialty. Sichuan classics like mapo tofu, stir-fried pork belly, and twice-cooked pork round out the extensive menu.

Stay tuned for more details on when Xun Yu Si Kao will open its doors in Houston.