What is Fish maw?
Fish maw is the commercial term for the dried swim bladders of large fish like croaker, red snapper and threadfin
Fish maw has no fishy taste and absorbs the flavors of other ingredients
Red snapper is graded according to sex: male bladders being better than the female ones
For the Chinese, Fish maw considered one of the big four delicacies of the sea
Fish maw is sold dried in two forms – deep fried or dried. Deep fried ones are light and puffy, looking a lot like a yellow sponge or pork rind
Whereas the other dried type is in stiff, cream-colored sheets
Are there any health benefits?
Fish maw is a good source of collagen, calcium, improves blood circulation, helps in speeding up the recovery of wounds and nourishes the lungs
It is so high in collagen high that they are also used in the food industry as a source of collagen
Fried Fish Maw
simply deep frying dried fish maw to achieve the same puffy results
It is also recommended for plated dishes because it can reconstitute quickly, absorbs sauce easily and gives a delightful spongy texture to the dishes. A popular soup recipe (often served at banquets) is fried fish maw thick soup or “fish maw gung.”