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Fish, shells and crustaceans

By Pauline D. Loh (China Daily)

10:59, April 25, 2013

Puffer fish and blue beauty prawns. (China Daily/Pauline D. Loh)

Guangdong or Cantonese cuisine is known for its insistence on the freshness of ingredients. Pauline D. Loh finds out exactly how high the bar is raised.

Every Cantonese chef or serious home cook would have visited Guangzhou's Huangsha seafood wholesale market at least once. It is the mecca of freshness, where everything is breathing, swimming or wriggling.

Located along the river in the Lizhiwan or Lychee Bay area, it commands a huge spread of land that is escalating in price every day.

Property developers are invading its fringes, building high-rise, high value condominiums that cost a cool couple of millions each. That is the reason why there have been so many attempts to get the sprawling wholesale market to move - but with little success.

It is obvious that while Guangzhou natives love the profit like everyone else, they love their food better.

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