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When we were in Guangzhou earlier this year, we ate out a lot. Like, a lot! You don’t even want to know the quantities of fried rice and fried noodles (my go-to staples in China) I was consuming while we were there. I think if it wasn’t for all that running, my pants would have started getting veeeery tight toward the end of our trip 🙂 One night we decided on a relaxing evening on the couch instead though and that meant it was take-out time. Since I was hanging out with three fish-loving Italians, we went to a supermarket and they loaded up on sushi and sashimi. I know it’s Japanese, but apparently both sushi and sashimi are very popular also in China. And much cheaper! I think we maybe paid $20 for all the food in the picture below. Can you only imagine what it would have cost in the US? There were fish eggs, salmon, tuna, scallops, and a lot of things I couldn’t even identify.

In case I am not the only person who had to look up what exactly the difference between sushi and sashimi is, let me share what I found out: Sashimi is all about raw meat (mostly fish) and sushi is all about that sticky vinegary rice. So, anything that includes vinegared rice – fish, raw or cooked, no fish, meat, it doesn’t matter – is called sushi. Anything that is only raw meat is called sashimi. Sorry for the long explanation. Was I the only one who didn’t know the difference? Might be because I’m not a big fan of fish (unless it battered and fried like in London – but seriously, who wouldn’t like fish and chips from The Grapes?!). So, being the fussy picky eater I am, I steered clear of all that you see pictured below. Luckily the supermarket also had dumplings and fried noodles, so I was a happy camper as well 🙂 I especially loved the dumplings with corn. So good! But more about that on another day…

In the meantime, if you want to read more about what people eat in China,c heck out more posts from my series What Do People Eat in China? The first two entries were braised pork belly and dragon fruit.

What do people eat in China? Sushi and sashimi

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