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Abundance of Joy Abalone (金鲍满屋)

how to cook abalone for chinese new year
The busy Chinese New Year period is finally over. I’ll be posting the remaining recipes of what I’d cooked for my Reunion Dinner, like this Abundance of Joy Abalone ( 金鲍满屋 ).

cooking calmex abalone for chinese new year
I’m a big fan of Abalone, be it dried or fresh. Calmex is the only brand vivid in my memory from childhood. My mum swears by this brand & this is a gift from her. Because Calmex is canned with only the best wild Abalone from Mexico, quantity is limited & it’s the most expensive brand of can Abalone. Prices for this brand have gone up to about S$130/can this year!
learn how to cook abalone the right way
So is there a proper way of cooking Abalone? I know a lot of people just open up the can & then cook the Abalone & the stock. But the correct way is actually cooking with the can unopened. I've learnt this method many years ago from some Abalone specialists & also by reading articles. Since then, I've been using this method to preserve the Abalone's original taste & texture.

1 can of Abalone
5 Flower mushrooms
1 pkt Spinach
1 tsp Garlic (minced)
3 slices of Ginger (shredded)
1 tsp Oyster sauce
1 tsp Chinese wine
½ tsp Sesame oil
2 tsp Cooking oil
1 tbsp Cornstarch
Pinch of salt

Marinade for Mushrooms:
½ tsp Oyster sauce
1 tsp Sesame oil

  1. Soak mushrooms till soft. Remove stem & marinate for at least 30 mins.
  2. Wash vegetables well & cut into edible lengths. Set aside.
  3. Boil unopened can of Abalone for 30 min – 2hrs in hot water. 30 min is sufficient but if you want the Abalone stock to be really rich & fragrant, leave it to boil for 2hrs if you've time. Cool before opening the can.
  4. Cut Abalone into slices & start placing them neatly in a bowl. Set aside.
  5. how to make beautiful plating for abalone
  6. Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp oil & sautéed ½ tsp garlic till fragrant. Add mushrooms & fry well. Dish up.
  7. Heat 1 tsp oil & sautéed ½ tsp garlic, then ginger till fragrant. Add spinach, salt & add 2 tbsp of Abalone stock. Fry well. Dish up some veg & put inside the bowl with Abalone slices. Press down hard & turn bowl upside down onto serving plate.
  8. Place 1 mushroom on top of Abalone & the rest on the sides of plates. Roll the balance spinach & put them between the mushrooms.
  9. Heat half the stock & add oyster sauce, sesame oil & wine. When boiling, add cornstarch & stir well. Drizzle the sauce over the dish & you’ll get a beautiful Abundance of Joy Abalone ( 金鲍满屋 )!

* I left some stock in the can for making another dish - Braised Shark’s Fin with Conpoy (鸿图大展鲍翅). Check it out!


  1. Wow, what an expensive dish. LOL! One canned only...where enough! haha... You're actually making quite a number of dishes during the CNY. Well done, teacher Shirley! :o) Hope you're enjoying your week ahead. Have fun!
    Cheers, Kristy

  2. Shirley, I love your presentation and the tip about cooking the abalone in the can. I've never heard of that, but I will try it next time. My parents just got back from Australia and they bought some canned abalone from there. This recipe is perfect. They did not buy the same brand as you, but my grandma used to buy that brand I think and it was delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe and tip. Hope you had a great weekend, my friend.

  3. Agree with Kristy...expensive dish but perfect for Chinese New Year. I'm so glad you post your Chinese New Year recipes. I will have no problem cooking next year...just follow yours....hehe

  4. Mmmm.......... delicious home cook restaurant style abalone. I have heard from many restaurant chef about the correct of cooking abalone and it's really like what you mentioned here except i have yet to try it myself. Too expensive to experiment la, lol. But now with your great recipe, i can test at ease, haha! except probable not with your this grade of abalone, heeheee......

  5. I don't really fancy abalone but love the flower mushrooms.

  6. Kristy, u're absolutely right! 1 can is never enough. Hahaha!

    Lequan, lucky u! Few cans of Abalone?? Pass 1 here! Hahaha! Let me know outcome if u do try this out :)

    Mary, I like your sense of humour. Yah lah, just follow the menu next yr. Brilliant! Hahaha!

    Deli S, this method is so easy. Just boil, open & eat :) Do try this, it's really tasty!

    Nava, flower mushrooms taste much better than the norm. Remember to soak till u can easily cut off the stem so u can get a good texture when cooking.

  7. Wah, Calmex is known as the most expensive can abalone! I usually buy New Moon.

    I still can't master cooking it though. Thks for the great tip! I'll try out this method the next time. No wonder my abalone comes out tough, I always stir-fry with mushrooms. Maybe cooking time too long.

  8. Lovely presentation! I have not had abalone in ages as I don't see it in the stores here. I will remember your tip about cooking it in the can. Thanks!

  9. Babel, u don't really need to cook the Abalone. If u're stir-frying, cook the mushrooms first & add the Abalone last. Unless it's braising, then u may have to stew the Abalone for about 4hrs.

    Biren, OMG! I can't believe what I've just heard. No Abalone?? I could die. Hahaha! Take revenge when u're in Asia & eat till u drop :)

  10. Abalone.... have not eaten one for so long. so YUM!

  11. Thanks for the recipe!!! Love it. Fresh or frozen local abalone is cheaper but will never give the same taste, flavor and texture as canned abalone. I love the flavor and taste of canned abalone and one day I want to eat abalone like 'abalone kings' do: braised in sauce and served whole, like a steak, washed down with a good white wine. Cut with a knife and fork of course. Meantime, it's still cheaper to slice abalone thinly and share with the family. I love this dish. It's such a special treat

  12. Penny, Australia should've lots of Abalone & it's cheap too. I heard there's an area there where u can go picking for free! Yummy!

    Jane, oh yes. I love Abalone steak & u can chk out my restaurant reviews on these delicacies. It's more economical to slice them thinly but u can never get enough. Hahaha! Thks so much for dropping by & do follow this blog to stay updated :)

  13. Hi Shirley,
    I chanced upon your blog while looking for good ideas to prepare some abalone dishes for this upcoming chinese new year. I like the nice and inspirational receipe u had shared. Would like to clarify about the chinese wine that u are using, are u using Mijiu(米酒)or Shao Xing Hua Diao. Pls kindly advise as I am rather new and inexp in cooking.

  14. Rem, thks for visiting & I'm delighted that u like this dish! I'm using Plum Blossom Shao Hsing Hua Diao but be careful when u purchase.

    Prices range from just $3+ to $17+. Always go for the better quality & your food will turn out more fragrant.

    For more recipes, go to My Cooking & look at the slide. Simple click on the pix u like & it'll show u the link to the recipe. Have fun!

  15. Thanks for the prompt reply, shirley. There another question I need to raise up before I try this out soon and I would like to follow as strictly as possible according to your receipe.

    Under method " point 8) Heat half the stock & add oyster sauce, sesame oil & wine." how much oyster sauce, sesame oil do u use? Do u used 1/2 tsp of oyster sauce , 1 tsp sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of chinese wine for point 8?
    How long do u need to soak the flower mushroom until it become soak eg 2hrs? , pls kindly advise.

  16. Rem, follow the measurements under "Ingredients". You'll need to soak mushrooms for at least 20 mins. If you want it fast, use hot water. Feel the mushrooms; stems must be soft enough to be able to trim it off. Hope it helps! Happy cooking, dear!

  17. I have never had this, but it looks yummy.

    1. Subha, hope you'll have the chance to dine with your Chinese friends. ^_^

  18. Shirley, I never knew that the best way is to cook the abalone in the can! I never buy these though because it is so expensive. At the supermarket, they are kept under lock and key LOL! Your Abundance of Joy dish is surely to die for!


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