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Seafood Encyclopedia | Fish lips | Actually it has nothing to do with fish lips?

As one of the eight delicacies of seafood, fish lip is an ingredient often used by chefs, but in fact, there are many misunderstandings about this ingredient in the market. Literally, fish lip should refer to the lips of fish, but the reality is quite different from this statement. Hey, what exactly is a fish lip? What kind of cooking should be suitable? The editor is here to research and study with you!

fish lips from sharks

The lip usually refers to the skin of the shark's tail, also known as the fin skirt. If you remember the shape of the shark's fin, the tail is separated from the upper and lower ends. The lip is the part between the two fins. There is no shark fin in this part . After the fish lip is dried/dried, it will become a thin, light yellow fish block. In fact, the shape is somewhat similar to fish maw, and like fish maw, it needs to be soaked before use.

nutritional value

Although fish lips are taken from sharks, the price is of course lower than that of shark fins, but this does not mean that their nutritional value is low. Fish lips are rich in collagen and very high in gelatin, so they have skin care and beauty effects. At the same time, it also has the effect of nourishing yin and tonifying deficiency.

How to choose a high-quality fish lip?

According to the information from the Hong Kong Catering Management Association, when purchasing fish lips, you should try to choose natural color, light yellow, no insects and complete ones. Sometimes, suppliers will add alum, hydrogen peroxide and sulfur in order to make the fish lips look golden yellow, which will increase the attractiveness of its color. Therefore, try to avoid too beautiful and golden fish lips when purchasing.

store

When the ingredients are not in use, keep the fish lip sealed and store in a cool and dry place for convenience. Under humid or changeable weather conditions, it can be stored in a refrigerator.

to cook

The method of preparing fish lips is similar to the general steps of soaking seafood. If you want to take the dishes to a higher level, you can consider giving them a base flavor before cooking. Methods as below:

  1. The soaked fish lips are soaked in water first, put some ginger slices in the pot, boil the water and put them in the fish lips for about 2-3 minutes, take them out and wash them with clean water.
  2. Pour in clear soup, scallions, ginger slices, and a little Shaojiu, bring the fish lips to a low heat, simmer on low heat for about 8 minutes, and remove and control the soup.

Fish lips are generally used for braised, soup/soup, and those who are full of creativity can also try new cooking methods!

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