Headline »

December 24, 2020 – 1:14 pm | 3,850 views

Soup Name:  Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

Introduction: This is the base Chinese Chicken Soup stock that …

Read the full story »
Soups for Children

Soups that are designed and suitable for children of all ages.

Spring Soups

Soups designed to remove humidity and cleanse the body of toxins.

Summer Soups

Summer soups that help relieve heatiness, cool the body and provide additional internal moisture for those extra hot days.

Fall Soups

Soups that have have the balance of removing heatiness and are slightly warming. These soups are good transition soups into winter.

Winter Soups

Soups designed to be consumed in the dry and cold winter months where the body needs replenishment of moisture and warmth.

Home » Seafood

Cuttlefish (Dried)

Submitted by on June 29, 2009 – 9:42 pm5 Comments | 19,218 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



  • 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.

3 Pingbacks »

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also Comments Feed via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.