Top 4 Ocean Delica-Seas To Try
Are you familiar with the “Treasures of the Ocean”? We’re not talking about the gold or jewelry pirates set sail for. But the edible treasures professional divers go out and look for every day to get it from the ocean directly onto your plate. Although what is considered an ocean delicacy is subjective and differs per person, we want to highlight the top 4 seafood treasures that are the most well-known in Asia. All of these ocean delicacies symbolize good fortune and wealth and in the past only emperors were able to consume these treasures. Luckily, they have become more accessible but are still expensive due to their rarity and are usually only consumed during special occasions.
Whether it is canned or fresh wild abalone, it is sure to be on the top of the list! Wild abalone is no foreign delicacy in Asia. It is considered a must-have item for holiday celebrations like Chinese New Year and even family gatherings like weddings. Hand-harvested and regulated seafood like this is hard to come by. Abalone cannot be fished with a commercial net. There are even seasons, certain amounts, and sizes that can be taken from the ocean at a time.
Because of the supply and demand and its rarity, abalone is sold quite expensively. Therefore our Calmex Wild Abalone meets our high-quality standards. Along with great quality, our canned abalone comes cooked and ready to eat (or to be added to other dishes)!
When it comes to expensive food, it does not necessarily mean it can be good for you. When ordering a nice piece of steak many people are often less concerned about the cholesterol or fat content and more about the experience. Luckily, when you eat wild abalone it comes with health benefits and a luxurious experience! With Omega 3’s, 9’s, potassium, vitamin A and E, you’ll have more of a reason to eat wild abalone than just to “treat yourself.”
Shark fin has had a long history in tradition dating back to the Song Dynasty but it has become a worldwide controversial dish. Only emperors were known to consume dishes that contained shark fin but has become a cultural delicacy among common people as well.
As people are being more aware of the overfishing of sharks for this certain dish, many cultures never really saw the appeal of this dish anyway. Chinese cultures are being targeted for inhumane practices of fishing sharks but this has been a practice that is deeply rooted in tradition. Shark finning has become regulated or banned in most countries therefore the prices have gone up for shark fin soup in countries that still allow it mostly in Asia. Shark fin soup is mostly served during special occasions like weddings because it is symbolic of generosity and bringing families together through food.
The main appeal of the fin, which is made of cartilage, adds a certain texture to the soup, a hard to describe mixture of both crunchy and gelatinous, and is essential to the essence of the soup. In traditional Chinese medicine the shark fin is said to have special properties such as enhancing blood circulation and improving the qi, the essential life force of a person. https://theculturetrip.com/asia/china/articles/a-brief-history-of-shark-fin-soup/
Fish maw is a dried swim bladder that typically comes from large fish like sturgeon. In Chinese culture, this delicacy is eaten during birthdays and weddings as a sign of fortune and health. Fish maw is a good source of collagen, proteins, and nutrients. Collagen provides a wide variety of skin benefits, such as helping to improve your skin tone, and tissue health. (https://eatconnection.com/what-is-fish-maw/)
Yet another endangered species of fish where the bladder is collected therefore the supply and demand go up for through the roof prices. Originally tasteless, fish maw is dehydrated and sold so people soak the fish for hours before preparing in a savory soup.
A well-known folklore about fish maw is the “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall” soup. The story of the soup sums up to “Although monks are not allowed to eat meat, one of the monks, tempted, jumped over the wall. A poet among the travelers said that even Buddha would jump the wall to eat the delicious dish.” In this dish, there are a variety of rich ingredients including fish maw, abalone, shark fin, scallops, sea cucumber, and also pork and chicken items as well!
As mentioned above sea cucumber is also one of the ocean’s finest delicacies. These interesting creatures have been prized as a delicacy in Asia for centuries, where the upper class would eat the animals as a nutritious high-protein treat. But as a growing middle class in the 1980’s China meant more people could afford the luxury. Today, they’re typically dried and packaged in ornate boxes, then given as gifts and served on special occasions. The spiky-er and more unusual-looking, the better. And more expensive!
In addition to their culinary appeal, sea cucumbers have a wide variety of health benefits and have been used as medicine in some cultures. They are high in protein and considered a great weight-loss food as well as a good regulator of blood sugar levels for people struggling with diabetes.
The price tags on these animals have gone up since they are hard to find and have been classified as endangered. As sea cucumbers grow in popularity for their holistic and health properties, harvesters must dive deeper to find them. If you are lucky enough to consume sea cucumber in your lifetime save some for the rest of us!
Every region of the world has a different opinion on what is considered an ocean delicacy. In America for example, lobster, caviar, and types of shellfish are prized and sold for top dollar. Bluefin tuna and puffer fish is what Japan is best known for.
For our Calmex Wild Abalone, we try to make our product as easily accessible as possible with longer shelf life than having to dive for live abalone! Still containing the nutritional benefits of a freshly caught abalone right in a convenient can to open and serve right away.
What seafood items would YOU consider an ocean delica-sea?