Tasmanian Abalone Feast @ King Restaurant 帝皇樓 (Macau)

鲍鱼 (Bao Yu) is abalone in Chinese. Eating this marine gastropod molluscs is considered a luxurious treat. The dried version is more expensive than the fresh ones as with most Chinese foods, take for example the dried shitake mushrooms and dried scallops a.k.a conpoy to name a couple.

Fresh Abalone from Tasmania, Australia.

Fresh Abalone from Tasmania, Australia.

The flesh of abalones is widely considered to be a desirable food, and is consumed raw or cooked in a variety of dishes. Some examples are Braised Abalone, Stir-fried Asparagus with sliced Abalone (both Chinese/Cantonese cuisine), Abalone Sashimi (Japanese cuisine, eaten raw), Korean Abalone Stew and Grilled Abalone.

Abalone served sliced...

Abalone served sliced…

Dried and semi-dried abalones are weighted in per 600g (like diamonds are weighted in carats). One head means that abalone is 600g and 2-head means it takes 2 abalones to make up the 600g. The 4-heads means 125g each as it would take 4 pieces x 125g each to make up the 600g. I am not too sure if this measurement is used for fresh abalones as they are not dehydrated.

Abalone chunks.

Abalone chunks.

Pricing is based on species, grade and size – the selected abalones are “shucked” (the meat is removed from the shell just like oysters) and after washing, the abalone meat is quick frozen in blast freezer. After freezing, the meat is “de-iced” and a very light fresh water glaze is then applied to it to prevent freezer burn. The meat is then graded before being boxed according to size and grade.

The abalones had been stewed in the same pot, same seasoning and cooked with the same amount of time, however, the way the abalone was cut did make a difference in mouthfeel. Most of the diners at the table preferred chunky.

The abalones had been stewed in the same pot, same seasoning and cooked with the same amount of time, however, the way the abalone was cut did make a difference in mouthfeel.
Most of the diners at the table preferred chunky.

Since the 1950s, Victoria , Australia, has had an active abalone fishery and Tasmania, an island in the Southern Ocean, supplies approximately 25% of the yearly world abalone harvest. The stormy oceans off Tasmania have been carefully regulated to ensure that they are safe from industrial pollution, aquatic diseases and over-fishing and therein lies the secret of the premium quality seafood produced. Did you know that abalone is also known as Ear Shells, Sea Ears, and Muttonfish or Muttonshells in Australia?

Abalone Soup. Chicken, Pork and Chinese Herbs were used to produce a superior broth.

Abalone Soup.
Chicken, Pork and Chinese Herbs were used to produce a superior broth.

Most of the time, the ingredients of our clear soups are served separately. The abalone broth was intense in sea flavours yet clean in taste.

Most of the time, the ingredients of our clear soups are served separately.
The abalone broth was intense in sea flavours yet clean in taste.

What do we do with these abalone chunks from the soup?

What do we do with these abalone chunks from the soup?

Special gravy (鲍鱼汁) has been prepared by the chef to quick-braise these abalone chunks from the uneaten abalone from the soup.

Click on the pictures to view in full and for some commentary:

Asparagus stir-fried with fresh Greenlip Abalone slices. When I say fresh here, it means not the dried/reconstituted  version or canned type which we sometimes use in Chinese cuisine.

Asparagus stir-fried with fresh Greenlip Abalone slices.
When I say fresh here, it means not the dried/reconstituted version or canned type which we sometimes use in Chinese cuisine.

Sliced Greenlip Abalone stir-fried with Celery. Stir-fried abalone has a different texture from stewed abalone. The former is crunchy with a slight chew while the latter is softer.

Sliced Greenlip Abalone stir-fried with Celery.
Stir-fried abalone has a different texture from stewed abalone.
The former is crunchy with a slight chew while the latter is softer.

We had other dishes to complete our meal but today’s is dedicated to the sea snail 😀

Happy holidays!

Estabelecimento De Comidas King 帝皇樓 (Macau)
King Restaurant
Address/地址:澳門澳门南灣商業大馬路友邦廣場地下 G05-G07
G07, G/F, AIA Tower, 251A-301 Avenida Commercial De Macau.

Tel/电话:(+853) 2875 7218/ 2875 7396

Operating hours:
Lunch: 11.30am – 3.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 11pm

Happy feasting 🙂

Click on links below to see other foods from King Restaurant:
Estabelecimento De Comidas King 帝皇樓
Macau, Just Do It
The Day Before Christmas Eve @ Estabelecimento De Comidas King 帝皇樓

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4 Responses to “Tasmanian Abalone Feast @ King Restaurant 帝皇樓 (Macau)”
  1. Kevin says:

    This looks so good.

  2. BG says:

    Hi Sam,

    You did it again, my mind went haywired after reading your new posting.

    I love abalone, I can even eat those abalone chunks from the soup. But before I rush to book an air ticket to Macau, could you share with me what is the costs of the meal? I have a feeling that it costs a “bomb”.

    In the meantime, I think I can minimize my craving by gettting a can of New Moon Abalone and chew on it. It is not a good quality abalone, but it a much much cheaper.

    • Sam Han says:

      Lol, BG. This was a treat from a friend who has since returned to Hong Kong. I will try to find out the cost. Happy New Year to you and your family in advance! 😀

      P.S. You can satisfy your cravings at Ah Yat Abalone Forum in the meantime, there’s promotions/vouchers you can buy directly from the restaurant or groupon. Ah Yat has both dried and semi dried versions.

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