Dried Abalone

English name: Dried Abalone
Chinese name: 乾鮑魚 (bàoyú/gon1bao1yu4)

What is abalone?

  • Abalone is a sea mollusk found in cold water off the coasts of Southern New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, and North America and Japan.
  • For the Chinese, it is considered one of the big four delicacies of the sea "鮑、參、翅、肚".
  • Abalone is a symbol of wealth and prosperity, thus a must-have at feasts and festivities.

What is dried Abalone?

  • Dried abalone is an acquired, expensive taste, like caviar or truffles.
  • Dried abalone is used to impart a distinct flavor to Chinese soups.
  • It has a sweeter taste and firmer texture than canned or frozen.
  • Each abalone has its own unique characteristics, but shares commonalities such as texture and strong flavor, 鮮味 (sin1mei6).
  • The highest quality abalone species are 禾麻鮑, 吉品鮑, and 網鮑.

Are there any health benefits?

  • Abalone is a yin food, known for relieving dry coughs and fever.

How do I prepare/eat dried abalone?

  • Dried abalone connoisseurs enjoy abalone by braising it whole and eating it like a steak.
  • Dried abalone can be added in (medicinal) soup. Canned or fresh abalone has far less concentrated flavor.
  • It is usually simmered in broth for several hours to soften and served whole or in slices with a savory sauce.
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    Dried Abalone

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