Crocodile at the market

After typing it, I realise the title sounds like some kids’ TV show but no, this is literally about a crocodile at the market.

Like many people in HK, I have a lot of relatives in Guangzhou, China, about 3 hours ride north. So there I was over the weekend for a family wedding, and had some time during the day to go roaming about around my hotel.

We wandered to a fresh foods market and saw what at first look like an ordinary fresh meat/fish stall.

But as you can see, there’s firstly half a goat’s head in a bucket on the bottom right corner, which I tried really hard not to look at.

Then amongst what looks like pork or chucks of some big fish, you notice bits that resemble a crocodile.

As a matter of fact, there you go, an entire crocodile tail and crocodile torso is right there. I still can’t get over how nonchalant this whole thing is. Like how they just conveniently rested their calculator and a towel on the scaly body.

I know I sound like just another first world privileged city girl who’s never had to kill for food, but while I’ve seen pork and beef like this, I’ve never seen a crocodile laid out like this. And I didn’t know crocodile meat looks like pork either. Not sure what I was expecting, but maybe I grouped it together with fish?

I mean, look there’s three crocodile tongues! And are those two some of their claws? My mum and I stood there just staring. It’s one of those things where you can’t help but look, but look too long and you feel like throwing up. Which, now that I mention it, I need to end this because I need to go look at cuddly kittens instead.

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One thought on “Crocodile at the market

  1. Yeah, I’ve seen it not only in the markets here in Guangzhou, but even in the supermarkets. I only really started seeing it around over the past 6 months or so. Seems it’s just beginning to find a market here in GZ.

    Gotta say it doesn’t look so appetizing here, but I’ve tried crocodile meat back in Australia, and it’s pretty damned good! I know it’s cliche, but it tastes a lot like chicken (or perhaps half-way between chicken and pork), and actually has a similar texture to chicken when cooked.

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