Hi! I am Toko Takeda writing from Japan. Let me shortly introduce
myself. I am living in Fujisawa-city, a suburb of Tokyo and commute
everyday between Fujisawa to Ginza, one of the most fashionable places
in Tokyo. I work at an international trading company. I am quite interested
in other countries' way of life. The following episode is one of the
stories of my trip to China, which excited me and opened my mind.
During Japanese "Golden Week," when national holidays gather to make
almost a whole week holiday, I visited my parents in Shanghai and
my friends in Beijing.
You may have heard "Chinese eat any four-legs except tables!"
Literally they seem to eat everything alive. "No-leg" is no exception.
Well, my friend convinced me to try "Snake-dish," then took me to
a restaurant where you can choose ingredients, small snakes to huge
ones. Goodness!! He chose the biggest one, black and shiny. He told
me it was a venomous snake.
Oh well...It was too late to retrace my path. But hey! The
ugly snake turned out to be a "must-try." It started with fried
snake and fried snake skin. The ribs & scales may tell you its
origin, shut your eyes, try some, they are gooooood! The skin especially
is said to be good for your clear skin. So, don't miss them, Ladies.
Next came the "snake blood." (Oh, no. Am I supposed to? It's
coming, it's coming!) Well, it was served in a small glass mixed
with above-proof spirit, so you couldn't smell the blood. It went
down through my throat. Tasted hot & strong. Now, I thought
nothing would surprise me until the liver came. When a liver was
cut to be mixed in liquor, the color changed into bright green.
It was like magic!! Seriously, I couldn't believe it was all natural.
Taste? Uhh...it is good for you, anyways. Okay, finally the main
course came - "Snake pot." The meat was like pork. Boiled in a pot
for several seconds, in which a lot of ingredients from chicken
head to herb medicines, & dipped in sesame sauce, snake meat
was delicious, indescribably profound taste. It was definitely nutritious,
too. I am very fascinated about all the new things on this trip.
I am sure that more and more surprise are coming!
China, with it's huge land and millions of people, is such
an interesting country. I would assume that we have something in
common, between China and Japan. However, I found that even 3 hours
flight made a lot of difference between us. How unique, and what
an exciting and exotic place it is!!
- Toko Takeda, Tokyo
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