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CNY Calmex Abalone Salad with Fresh Lily Bulbs ( 鲍鱼沙拉配鲜百合 )

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Also known as Spring Festival ( 春节 ) in China, the Chinese New Year ( 农历新年 ) is the most important traditional festival celebrated by all Chinese across the world, lasting for 15 days.

Today marks the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. It is known as Yuán Xiāo Jié ( 元宵節 ) or the Lantern Festival. Families gather together on this day to eat traditional sweet dumplings called Tāngyuán ( 汤圆 ), made of glutinous rice flour stuffed with fillings such as red bean, peanuts etc, symbolizing reunion.

CNY is a time for families to be together. During this 15-day period, dishes with lucky symbolic meanings such as Fish ( 鱼 ), which means Surplus ( 余 ) in Mandarin, are well-celebrated. Gourmet food like Abalone ( 鲍鱼 ) is considered a luxury item in traditional Chinese cuisine and is commonly served in China’s state banquets.

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Being a huge fan of Abalone, this gem is never lacking in my menu on special occasions. During one of my family’s visits to my mom’s place, I made this CNY Abalone Salad with Fresh Lily Bulbs ( 鲍鱼沙拉配鲜百合 ), using her favourite brand of Calmex Mexican Abalone ( 车轮牌墨西哥鲍鱼 ). This recipe will show you how to make a luxurious take-out dish.

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Carrying a price tag of SGD 148 ( approx USD 112 ), abalone connoisseurs swear by Calmex abalones, a trusted brand for over 50 years. It is a well-recognized brand that old folks like my mom adores, hence I came up with this healthy salad using Fresh Lily Bulbs.

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Capable of nourishing Yin and moistening lung, Lily Bulbs are used for indications like chronic cough due to yin deficiency, and blood in sputum. The Chinese herb is sweet, crisp and delicious.

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Paired with a creamy wasabi dressing, it is a perfect blend with abalone for a uplifting salad dish.

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1 canned Abalone
100g Highland Red and Green Lettuce
2 Carrots
16 Cherry Tomatoes
3 Fresh Lily Bulbs
2 tbsp Chopped Peanuts
5 tbsp Salad Cream
1 tbsp Wasabi ( optional )
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

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  • Rinse lily bulbs and chop off ends. Remove petals and set aside.
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  • Wash canned abalone thoroughly and wipe dry. Put can in the center of serving tray so it is easier to place ingredients around it. Arrange cherry tomatoes around canned abalone. Squeeze out salad cream around the outer rim of serving tray, and add some wasabi along with it.
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  • Next, “ plant “ the coral lettuce neatly on the salad cream.
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  • Rinse carrot. Chop off ends and remove skin. Shred and place on serving tray.
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  • Throw in lily bulbs and sprinkle some chopped nuts.
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  • Stick some auspicious CNY labels on the side of the serving tray, and fill a mini red packet with ground black pepper. If it is a take-out dish for potluck party, remove the canned abalone and place the red packet in the center. Cover with a lid. Add two DIY Mandarin Oranges for your CNY visit.
  • When you arrive at the destination, remove abalone from can. Cut the abalone into 2 parts, separating the top and bottom. Slice the bottom part and arrange neatly in the center of the salad.
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  • Place the top part of abalone on top of the slices for presentation purposes. ( optional )
  • Sprinkle black pepper just before serving.
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  • Toss salad and enjoy your CNY Calmex Abalone Salad with Fresh Lily Bulbs ( 鲍鱼沙拉配鲜百合 )!
Do you use Lily Bulbs in your cooking too? Enjoy your Chap Go Meh ( 15th night of Chinese New Year )!

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  1. I could live off salads---especially beauties like this one!!! xo

  2. Looks delicious. I love vegetable ans I make my salads similar.

    Kathy's delight

  3. You always post such interesting things, I love it!!! <3 -

  4. What a luxurious salad! Let me go and open my hamper and see if there is a can of abalone inside LOL!

  5. How yummy does this salad look! I haven't seen an abalone in a can, I always find new things and dishes in your blog and that's a good thing.

  6. This salad sounds so good. Have a great weekend.

  7. Hi Shirley, what an appetizing and fanciful salad you have come up with! Never thought of doing that, sure looks yummy with the abalone as the main attraction at the top! Never had or heard of Lily Bulbs before, oh dear, I do sound backdated when it comes to cooking! :)

  8. I have never heard of eating lily bulbs before, I need to do more research!

    Almost Stylish

  9. I like to eat fresh lily bulbs!

  10. Thanks for the interesting post) Have a nice day)

  11. Woahh... that's one luxury piece of abalone! Lily bulbs are delicious! Yumz! :D

  12. Now this is my kind of salad - asian style! ;D

  13. Sounds so healthy! Great display!
    Kisses, Paola.



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