Best Fish Maw Soup - 2010
Best Fuzhou is one of the most outsider-friendly Fujianese restaurants we've found, with a broad roster of seafood at bargain prices. One of the best—and oddest—choices in this regard is a voluminous potage, enough for several diners, called "water melon and fish stomach soup" on the English menu. The "stomach" part is really something more often called a "fish maw," which is a cottony flotation bladder that helps a creature control the depth at which it's swimming. The "water melon" part is a green winter vegetable something like a cucumber, and the soup is also punctuated with miniature red dates, to spectacular and subtle visual effect.