Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Friday Food 30 – Fish Maw

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, fish maw.

It doesn’t get much more unusual than this. You may have seen these things in Liuzhou’s supermarkets or markets. They are the bits of the fish which allows them to sink or rise in the sea and stops them sinking upside down to the bottom, which I guess makes the fish happy. They are often referred to as “swim bladders“. Locally they are 花胶 or 鱼鳔

Of course, the locals’ reluctance to throw any part of anything away has resulted in them becoming a highly prized culinary treat. Despite tasting of nothing at all, they are used in soups and stews to add texture – an important factor in Chinese cuisine.

They are also used industrially to provide isinglass which is used to clarify beer. So, remember. The next beer you drink has probably had one of these swimming in it! Cheers!

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