Herbboy Roast Fish Maw Baodu 焗爆肚鱼鳔
What is fish maw?
Fish maw is the commercial term for the dried swim bladders of large fish like croaker and sturgeon.
It has has no fishy taste and absorbs the flavors of other ingredients.
It is graded according to sex: male bladders are better than female ones.
For the Chinese, it is considered one of the big four delicacies of the sea “鮑、參、翅、肚”.
Are there any health benefits?
Fish maw is a good source of collagen and helps with blood circulation.
How do I select fish maw?
FRIED FISH MAW
Fried fish maw or 沙爆魚肚 or 油炸魚肚 looks white and puffy. In the 沙爆 or “sand exploded” method, dried swim bladders are continuously stirred in hot sand until it becomes white and expanuce easily and gives a delightful spongy texture to dishes. However, a popular soup recipe (often served at banquets) is fried fish maw thick soup or “fish maw gung.”