Would You Eat This…Cutting Live Cuttlefish At Sai Kung Seafood Market Hong Kong
Normally, I’m a pretty open-minded guy, but this is something that after seeing how it’s prepared for cooking, I just lost mt appetite. Now in Asia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and elsewhere, the people eat some really disgusting things (by American standards that is). Normally, when we go to the store to get a chicken, or steak for dinner, they don’t slaughter the animal right in front of you, because if they did, alot of folks would become vegetarians right then and there.
But in Asia, when folks go to the market to buy something for dinner, it’s just the opposite way around. They believe that the fresher the food, the better. As for me, I just can’t seem to wrap my head around this. Oh sure, I’ve eaten squid (calamari) at TGI Fridays, but I didn’t see them taking one out of an aquarium and gut it right in front of me.
About the Cuttlefish:
Cuttlefish, any of several marine cephalopods of the order Sepioidea, related to the octopus and squid and characterized by a thick internal calcified shell called the cuttlebone. The approximately 100 species of cuttlefish range between 2.5 and 90 cm (1 to 35 inches) and have somewhat flattened bodies bordered by a pair of narrow fins. All species have eight arms and two longer tentacles that are used in capturing prey and can be withdrawn into two pouches. Suction disks are located on the arms and on expanded pads at the tips of the tentacles.
Here’s a little bit of info regarding the Sai Kung Fish Market in Hong Kong:
Sai Kung is a delightful picture-perfect seaside town in the eastern part of the New Territories. It takes about one hour and a combination of public transport to get to it as there is no direct MTR station nearby but it is well-worth the time and effort to get there.It’s not only vibrant and picturesque, the lively harbour is quite a people-watching spectacle. Tourists love strolling along the promenade and the piers where moored alongside are all manner of boats, sampans and junks with the fishermen selling their catches, and the hakka ladies peddling the water taxi services, making for a very colorful and bustling floating market scene.It’s fun to watch all the wheeling and dealing going on as the fishermen sell to the customers above on the promenade and piers. Customers bargaining and choosing their seafood… Fishermen weighing, cleaning, and bagging the purchases… and finally money and seafood being exchanged with long-pole nets to reach from below the boats to the customers on the piers above.