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Cuttlefish (Dried)

Submitted by on June 29, 2009 – 9:42 pm5 Comments | 17,504 views

Ingredient Name:  Dried Cuttlefish

Traditional Chinese Name: 墨鱼 (mò yú)

What is this?
  • Despite its name, the cuttlefish is not a fish.  It is a sea animal belonging to the molluscs family along with its cousins the squid and the octopus
  • The cuttlefish is similar in flavour and texture to other molluscs, with a tough, rubbery texture and a fishy flavor
  • Although the squid and octopus are more commonly eaten, the cuttlefish is very popular in Asia, either eaten dried as a snack or used in soups.

How do I prepare it?

  • Cut the amount of cuttlefish required for your soup (I usually use one whole cuttlefish for one large family-sized pot of soup)
  • Wash thoroughly and soak in water for about 10 minutes
  • Put directly into your soup when the water is boiling.

Where can I buy this?

  • Most asian supermarkets and dried herb shops will sell dried cuttlefish

What is the cost?

  • The above piece of cuttlefish cost $3 CAD

Any benefits?

  • Cuttlefish is very low in saturated fat and is a good source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium and zinc

Any precautions?

  • People who are allergic to shellfish may be allergic to cuttlefish
  • Cuttlefish is high in cholestorel

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5 Comments »

  • medea young says:

    Which is more expensive? Dried cuttlefish(tiu peen) or octopus(mak yui)?

    I remember being told that either the octopus or the cuttlefish may be “hot” or”heaty”. So one is prederable over the other. I cannot remember which. Is this true?

    Thank you.

  • James says:

    Is cuttlefish bad for wound? Can it be used during confinement after c section?

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear James, cuttlefish is actually OK for confinement. I would avoid beef, eggs, shrimp, duck, and goose as they are considered slightly “poisonous” or will inflame wounds further. Hope this helps. Congrats! Lisa

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Medea, I think they are both similar prices for 1 dried one – usually sold as one piece. It is actually a very heaty meat and often used “green beans” which cool them down or other beans. I actually haven’t made any soups with dried cuttlefish (only dried octopus), so will need to explore that. These meats go well for confinement (hence the heatiness). Hope this helps. Lisa

  • James says:

    Thanks for the info. So the same apply for dried octopus? Cos my mother in law say is very ‘poisonous’ and bad for wound.

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