You’ve probably read that China is laying claim to islands left right and centre and generally annoying everyone around them. Here in China, it’s the other other guys that who are seen as being annoying – I mean, clearly everything is Chinese. Recently, Vietnam has been the focus of the spitting, foot-stamping and other adolescent temper tantrums, but deep down the real enemy is and will remain Japan. This seems to be part of the Chinese DNA.
So, I’ve developed a theory that they have developed a way to punish the Japanese for being, well for being Japanese, really.
Some bright spark said, “Let’s eat all their food!”
At least that’s the only reason I can think for the astonishing number of new Japanese restaurants leaping up all over Liuzhou recently. You can hardly move downtown for conveyor belts. But what makes me suspicious is that not one of them is really Japanese. They are, so far as I can detect, all Chinese except one, and it’s Thai.
The first Japanese restaurant in Liuzhou opened a full ten years ago. It was on the then newly opened pedestrian street (on the second floor opposite the small stand-alone McDonald’s ice cream kiosk, under the clock). It didn’t last long there but limped on in new premises beside the Liujiang Bridge. The building there is still a ‘Japanese’ place, but a different company.
Daiwo Sushi – Liuzhou’s first
Since then one or two opened over the next few years.
This is the Thai owned one.
The latest addition
They range from large to small. This tiny one on the second floor of the pedestrian street offshoot has no conveyor, but is a simple and cheap sushi café.
This one, in the building on Longcheng Lu housing Pizza Hut, but on the first (ground) floor, doesn’t even have a proper dining room, but just a tiny kitchen and some chairs in a communal corridor.
Not being shy, the various restaurants are using every trick to sell the stuff off before the Japanese notice and save themselves from starvation. Apparently, there is some football event going on. And everyone knows the traditional way to watch football is with a pie and a pint sushi – football shaped sushi.
And that is only those in the city centre, peninsular area. About one square whatnot. There are more. And I haven’t even mentioned the Japanese ‘ramen’ places.
Some of the supermarkets have got in on the act, too. RT Mart were first. For some reason the selection at the original store in the north of the city has a fine selection, whereas the newer store on the south side isn’t nearly so good. I strongly recommend that you buy your sushi selection here in the morning only. By afternoon they have dried out and aren’t so nice.
RT Mart Sushi Selection
I even more strongly suggest not buying sushi from Bubugao Hypermarket. It is low quality and usually stale.
Not to be outdone, the book stores are telling us how to make the stuff.
Now, I a very partial to a bit of sushi or even better, sashimi. But I am going off these places rapidly. For some reason, recently, they have all taken to slathering all their food with Kewpie Sweet Mayonnaise. Disgusting.