Food & Cuisine

Published on May 5th, 2011 | by Paz


Favorite meal of the week

We are happy to announce that we actually haven’t eaten this meal…yet.

As I walked into the kitchen to make my coffee I was frightened by the fish you see in the picture above. Yup it was just swimming in the plastic jug sitting on our counter.

Okay…I am sorry but I just have to say that it is one of the ugliest fish I have ever seen in my life. It made me squirm. In China there are fresh fish swimming in buckets everywhere. When I say everywhere I mean everywhere, not just the market. They are along the sides of streets, on the back of bikes and in carriages everywhere. Let’s just say that some of them are not the prettiest of sites either. Those do not bother me, but for some reason this fish on my kitchen counter gave me goosebumps.

So, what are we doing with this fish?

I tried to ask our nanny why did we have this fish on our counter? If it was lunch…then why was it still alive. Is it better to keep it alive until a few minutes before you are ready to cook it. I mean I get fresh, but I think a few hours would do. I have never complained about my fish being a few hours old, have you?

Was it lunch? Well, lunch came and went and there sat the fish. She left it on the counter waiting for it’s death. Then at dinner it sat there still waiting. So are we going to eat this thing or not?

I attempt to ask her again…it seems that we are NOT going to eat the fish, but we are going to wait until it gets fat and then eat it. Huh??? Why not just buy a bigger fish. We are so confused. We have asked her to stay on a budget, but I think we could splurge the extra few bucks to get a bigger fish instead of growing it in our kitchen??? Again for another 2 days the fish sits on our counter. Creepy!

I finally have to ask her to take the fish off of our counter. I can’t take it any longer.

We don’t want to insult her for growing a fish for us to eat, I mean she does a great job with making good, healthy food on a budget for us. We don’t want to be rude…but really can we get rid of this ugly fish!

We need a translators help, fast! So we call one of our translators .It is now day 5 and we still have the fish. We aren’t feeding it…unless she is feeding it human food…so now it is starving? How is it going to get fat if we are starving it? Again, Zeek and I are at a loss for words.

Our translator says that she bought it for the kids to look at. Like a pet. Okay…this is the ugliest fish ever. How, what, where, when and some more questions are running through our heads. We tell her that if she wants a fish tank for the kids that she can go ahead and buy one and we will give her money. I mean really who wants to look at that fish and much less in an ugly plastic container.

Another three days go by and she buys nothing and the fish stays out by our washer machine. I am very happy it is out of my kitchen, but it still creeps us out. We are so happy Abe didn’t find it.  So now we haven’t eaten it, we aren’t looking at it and I am pretty sure it is starving. Is anyone else confused.

We ask someone else to translate for us. I am tired of this creepy fish being in our house. Now just the thought of it makes my skin crawl. I am not sure why, but it does. So this translator says that she is letting it live in the clean water so that it cleans out any toxins it might have in it from river pollution. Okay so now we are just holding the fish until it gets rid of all of it’s pollution. I am so confused. It is starting to make my head and stomach hurt.

We are now on week two with this fish in our laundry area. Yup it is still there! We still are not sure what we are going to do with it…but we both agree that we are not eating it. It is too weird now. Well I should say once I saw the fish I wasn’t going to eat it. Not sure why…but it totally creaps me out.

We don’t want to offend any one’s way of doing things, but this fish will not see our table. Now how to explain;  please take it somewhere else? No offense but we don’t want this fish.

I will let you know how that goes over.

If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Ahhhh!

Some of the exciting things we are experiencing while living in China.

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Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.

6 Responses to Favorite meal of the week

  1. Paz says:

    I thought I should let everyone know that the fish has left our house. I am not sure where it went and well I really don’t care either. hahaha

  2. Angela White says:

    Glad to know the creepy fish is gone! This is different than any other “pet” fish I’ve seen. If you ever get clarity on why it hung around for two weeks let us know.

    It’s Mother’s Day here in the states. Happy Mother’s Day to you:-)


  3. Paz says:

    Happy Mother’s day to you!!! I can’t believe Caleb will be one soon! That is so crazy. Yes, I will let you know if we ever find out what was the deal with that fish. I am glad to say it is gone and well I hope not to see another one again. hahaha it gave me the creeps.

  4. Heather C says:

    oh wow. Gotta admit that’s going to be one of those great random stories that come from living in another culture 🙂

    • Paz says:

      Heather you are totally right. We have so many of these that it is hard to write about them all the time. We experience a lot of cultural differences everyday.

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