Liuzhou Laowai

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Friday Food 2 – Lizard’s Tail

chopsticksFriday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. Our second outing concerns Lizard’s Tail.

Lizard’s Tail is one name for this weird looking stuff that is often served at the beginning of banquets alongside the peanuts and sunflower seeds. You know; something to keep you amused while waiting for the important people to turn up.

Other names include chameleon plant, heartleaf, or fishwort.

Lizard’s Tail

It is the roots of a plant native to round here (Japan, eastern China and south-east Asia). Cordata Houttuynia for the technically minded. In Chinese it is 鱼腥草 which literally translates as “fish smell grass”, which sounds delightful.

It is usually served cold, perhaps with a bit of chilli and is nowhere near as bad as it sounds. Ready to eat lizard’s tail can be bought in supermarkets as well as in local markets. Around ¥9.80 – ¥12.80 per jin (500g) depending on the dressing.

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4 Responses to “Friday Food 2 – Lizard’s Tail”

  1. Orsonling Says:

    Wouldn’t you comment you like it or not :-)

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    Er?. I said it’s not bad. If I don’t like it, I won’t put it here. Or else make it very clear.

  3. S Says:

    Served cold – is that raw or cooked?

  4. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    In Chinese stores, it is usually sold ready-to-eat. (I have edited to clarify this).

    If not, the roots are briefly boiled much as you would any other root vegetable. They should remain a bit crisp. Let cool and dress with sesame oil and chilli oil or flakes.



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