Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Friday Food 100 – Jellyfish


Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, the scourge of the swimming class, jellyfish.

It takes a sound mind to find a creature known as 海蜇 (literally ‘sea sting’), and think to yourself “That sounds tasty!” but …


海蜇 is a form of jellyfish (水母), Rhopilema esculentum, which is laboriously processed, salted, dried etc until it is deemed edible. The processing removes whatever ‘sting’ factor it had. The stuff is then sold in bags as ‘instant jellyfish’, which I know is just what you were yearning for.

Jellyfish prior to soaking

Jellyfish prior to soaking

All you have to do is give it a brief soak in warm water. They recommend a temperature between 60º and 70ºC.

It is usually served as a cold appetizer with some chilli oil and perhaps sliced green chilli etc. A typical Chinese salad ingredient.

Soaked jellyfish with chilli oil and chilli flakes

Soaked jellyfish with chilli oil and chilli flakes

Garnished with slivers of green chilli and ready to serve.

Garnished with slivers of green chilli and ready to serve.

Garnished with slivers of green chilli and ready to serve.

Garnished with slivers of green chilli and ready to serve.


After 100 weekly shorts on Chinese ingredients,  this time Friday Food is really going to take a rest for a bit. I tried after 52 articles, but kept going. It will be back, but I now I really need a short break.

As I’ve said before, there are still thousands of weird and wonderful things to cover. Just not at the moment.

Thanks all who have been following the articles regularly and to those who have dropped in accidentally. And thanks for all the comments.

Happy eating!

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5 Responses to “Friday Food 100 – Jellyfish”

  1. carl johnson Says:

    My Good Friend!
    By all means take a rest!
    But not for too long I hope?
    I am stuck here in Tennessee at present, but thanks to you, I know more about what is going on in Liuzhou than most of my adopted Chinese family! Thank you and keep up the good work!
    I hope to join you soon

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:


    It’s only the Friday Food thing that is going to be resting. The rest of the blog will continue as normal.

  3. David Says:

    No pressure this time and thanks for this fascinating series . As Carl has said , despite being nearly 6000 miles away I seem to know more about some aspects of Liuzhou life than my Liuzhou friends !
    How about a connoisseurs guide to Chinese beer and wine one day ……although I realise it’d never make a series !

  4. Liuzhou Laowai Says:


    Here is my take on Chinese wine


  5. David Says:

    Can’t argue with that ! It’s the only country where I’ve been known to ditch an entire bottle after the first taste .
    But surely there must be a worthwhile beer…..ppllleeeeezzzz ?

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