Fat Choy or Black Moss
Ingredient Name: Fat choy, black moss, hair moss or hair weed
Traditional Chinese Name: 髮菜 (fa cai)
What is this?
- Literally translated as “hair vegetable”
- A type of bacteria that when dried has the appearance of hair
- Grows in specific parts of China and is currently over harvested and production is limited by the Chinese government
- Real black moss is dark green in colour (not black) and doesn’t disintegrate with over boiling in soup
How do I prepare it?
Soak in warm water before usage
Add to soup 30 minutes before soup is finished boiling
Where can I buy this?
This product can be found in most Asian supermarkets and herbal shops
It is available in Hong Kong wet marts
What is the cost?
Real black moss costs around $50 HKD for 30 grams
Black moss absorbs the flavour of your soup or dish and can become tasty after being cooked
It is researched to contain no nutritional value
When consumed in large quantities, can lead to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia
Due to its limitation in production on the mainland, there are many variations of the “real” thing. It is often mixed with starches and other similar ingredients
It is indigestible and merely passes through the system
Consume with caution and limit exposure to children/babies/pregnant women