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日本 蠔豉 蚝豉 牡蛎干 特大#384
Japanese Dried Oyster XL#384
Dried oysters are famous for regulating body organs and supplementing weak functions, nourishing the Yin and the blood, invigorating the kidneys and strengthens male functions. Rich in proteins and various nutrients, and is a precious food for improving skin and beauty. (hkjebn.com)
Oysters are extremely rich in zinc, which is essential for testosterone production and maintenance of healthy sperm. And even though women have much less testosterone than men, it also plays a key part in the female libido. Oysters also boost dopamine, a hormone that increases libido in both men and women. (cbsnews.com)
Dried oysters, or ho see, are small, glossy and slightly shriveled, with a chewy texture and intense, salty-sweet flavour that is vastly different from the briny, light, refreshing taste of fresh bivalves. The flavour can be overwhelming, so the oysters should be used in small quantities. . .
Dried oysters need to be rinsed and soaked in warm water. The soaking liquid has a lot of flavour and can be included in the dish in place of broth or plain water. If the oysters are to be used whole in a stir-fry, steam them to soften further. (scmp.com)
Here is a healthy recipe useful for breakfast or for recovery from illness or fatigue:
Rice congee with dried scallops and dried oysters
Seafood Rice Congee
- 1 cup medium grain rice soaked for 30 minutes
- 12 cups filtered water
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 carrot, diced
- 4 Xlarge dried oysters, pre-soaked
- 4 dried scallops, pre-soaked
- 2 scallions (aka spring onions), chopped
Soak dried oysters and scallops in cold water separately for at least 2 hours to soften them. Retain the soaking liquid. Shred the scallops, and cut oysters into small pieces.
Peel carrot and dice into small cubes.
Wash and rinse the rice several times. Place rice in a pot, add water and seafood liquid (used to soak the dried seafood), and bring to a boil.
Add oysters, carrots and 1 tsp oil.
Let the congee boil, then lower heat to let it bubble for 20 minutes.
Add the shredded scallops, and let congee simmer for 20-30 minutes. Do stir occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Turn heat off, and serve garnished with sliced spring onion.
From the manufacturer:
Oyster, also called "dried oyster" is dried seafood, (also called oyster meat.) It is a must-eat dish for the people of Guangdong during the Spring Festival [Chinese New Year]. The Spring Festival is a good time to eat oysters. Oyster meat is plump and rich in protein, but avoid excessive consumption. It is best to eat only one meal a day. When cooking oyster, pay attention to the principle of food compatibility. There are a few principles to pay attention to when buying oysters:
First, look at the place of production. Generally speaking, the best are produced in Japan; after that Zhanjiang, Chaoshan and other places are second; Zhuhai and Shenzhen are also good, but Guangzhou produced is not worthy of compliment.
Second, the oyster sauce should feel dry and full by hand, which means that the oyster meat is fresh and rich.
Third, it should smell of oysters [fresh, mild and tasty].
Fourth, observe the color, golden oyster sauce is the top grade. After buying the ingredients, if you don't eat them immediately, you must pay attention to storage. It is best to refrigerate and eat them within one month, otherwise once the air erodes the dried oysters, it will not only lose the deliciousness, but also be bad for the body.