This is called white water, as were the shrimp, because it is cooked, or poached, in boiling, bubbling, “white” water. This preparation is native to Suzhou, near Shanghai. There, a fish called Ching Yue, or a toothed green fish like a carp, is used. There are of course no green fish here, so I make this Suzhou dish with sea bass.
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