Dried Abalone in a Dish
Dried Abalone in a Dish

Dried Abalone is one of the more expensive ingredients used in Chinese cookery. Like Dried Shark’s Fin, or the famous ‘Bird’s Nest’, much of its cachet is less about the taste than it is the fact that, being so expensive, it is very much limited to, and associated with special occasions. It takes a lot of time to prepare Dried Abalone for use in the kitchen, and, ultimately, some people feel that the taste experience really isn’t worth the time or expense. Still, that being said, it remains as one of those things that ought to be tried at least once.


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An American Alligator and its Meat
An American Alligator and its Meat

Alligator Meat may a bit of a daunting culinary prospect for many people, given the alien and prehistoric appearance of these fearsome beasts. However, although they don’t actually taste like chicken, as often claimed for reptiles and other ‘exotics’, the taste and texture is familiar enough that those who like chicken, will usually like Alligator Meat as well.


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