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Where to buy good quality Chinese dried fish maw?

KK | Jul 26, 2005 06:03 PM

Where in the Bay Area can I get quality Chinese dried fish maw at a reasonable price, that is as good as the finest from Hong Kong's dried seafood shops?
SF Chinatown? 99 Ranch? The dried seafood shops in Milpitas Square/Cupertino Village?

If so how do you pick the good ones from the bad ones?

Thanks for any help you can provide :)

Fish Maw definition from google

"The dried stomach lining of large fish. The term refers to the air bladder (also called swim bladder) that is found in all fish except sharks and rays. The maw we buy is usually from the conger pike and its role is to add texture to a dish. It might sound off-putting but it has no fishy taste. The cleaned maw is dried and then deep fried to make it puff and expand. In this state it will keep indefinitely.

Before it can be eaten, it must first be soaked in water for a few hours, weighted down by a plate. Smaller after soaking, the maw is wrung out and then washed in vinegared water to remove any trace of fishiness. Once again squeezed dry, the maw is cut into fine strips, ready to add to a dish. The maw in itself is a texture ingredient only, and is used with other strongly flavoured ingredients to make it interesting. It usually requires only a couple of minutes cooking to absorb the flavours in the pot"

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