On the frontiers of commerce: Chinese watermelon sausage
Writing my post yesterday about the Russian-Chinese meeting in Suifenhe prompted me to go back and look at my photos from my time there. And I realized I’d forgotten to post this, one of the more headspinning sights I saw in a pretty headspinning place. Strolling through the main market street of the town, I happened across these odd little synthetic watermelons:
Which, on closer examination, turned out to be sausages:
I’m a little ashamed to say I shirked my journalistic duty and did not try any of the sausage. Frankly, I’d had other plastic-wrapped Chinese sausage and it was terrible, and this looks even worse than what I’d had. (I should add that Chinese packaged snack food, like China’s other cuisine, is usually great.) But that pinkish color, the slimy sheen… I shudder to imagine what animal that came from, and what part of that animal. Guesses?