Fish maw has a high therapeutic effects and is rich in protein, collagen, phosphorus and calcium. It is regarded as a treasure for women. It has the ability to nourish the entire body. It is a precious food that is nourishing, moisturizing and rejuvenating. Fish maw is sweet, mild and rejuvenating for kidney and liver and their meridians. It invigorates the kidney and Jing essence, nourishing muscles and veins, stopping excess bleeding, removing blood stasis, and reducing swelling.
Fish maw is a delicacy served during special occasions like Chinese New Year. However its nutrition is valuable year round: Rich in collagen, fish maw is a Chinese beauty secret for youthful skin. Fish maw contains rich proteins and nutrients. It nourishes 'yin' which means it replenishes the tissue, moisture and fluids of lung, stomach, liver and kidney. It boosts stamina and helps prevent burnout. Furthermore, fish maw does not contain cholesterol and therefore it is a very valuable health enhancing ingredient suitable for long time consumption.
Fish maw is the dried form of fresh, high quality air bladders of fish, which are rich in gelatin. The air bladders are taken from large fishes and is graded according to sex: male bladders are considered better than female ones. Among them, there are shark's tripe, Pollock maw and premium fish maw. Fish maw (aka swim bladder, gas bladder, or air bladder) is an internal gas-filled organ that contributes to the ability of many bony fish (but not cartilaginous fish) to float, i.e., control their buoyancy, and thus to stay at their current water depth without having to waste energy in swimming. Here is a simple recipe for two.