Abalone is one of those mysterious Asian food items that I often crave because it’s expensive and associated with happy family wedding/red egg/Chinese New Year banquets. I also love the crunchy bouncy gelatin texture. Until recently, I had no idea what it really is or how it’s obtained.
I thought it’s a sort of clam. Well….sorta. It’s a “marine gastropod mollusc” or marine snail.
We go from garden snail to marine snail in the world of Asian beauty. A natural segue dontcha think? =)