Gold Oysters, or semi-dried oysters, are golden in appearance and have become a popular Chinese New Year dish in recent years. As the New Year approaches, it is the perfect time to buy winter semi-dried oysters to bring home for the holiday. In this article, we will share some knowledge about semi-dried oysters.
金蠔懶人包 Gold Oyster Quick Guide
金蠔係咩？What is a Gold Oyster?
Fully-dried oyster (dried oyster) is more commonly known, which is made by steaming fresh oysters and then drying them with a fan and sun for 2 to 4 weeks. Dried oyster only has 20% of the water content of fresh oysters and has a strong flavor. Gold oysters, on the other hand, are only sun-dried for about 2 days and still retain 30-40% of their water content, making them moist and plump when eaten.
Compared to making dried oyster, making gold oysters requires more skill. High-quality live oysters are usually used and are sun-dried on a sunny and cool day to preserve their moist and beautiful golden color. Gold oysters are only available in the winter and are not available year-round like dried oyster.
金蠔同蠔豉食味分別 The difference in taste
Before trying gold oysters, we imagined that their flavor would be similar to that of dried oysters, but after trying them, we realized that the two flavors are significantly different.
Dried oysters are usually used to braise or make soup, taking on a strong dried seafood flavor, while gold oysters are often pan-fried and eaten directly because of their unique flavor. After sun-drying, the flavor of gold oysters is more concentrated and the oyster flavor is strong, but unlike dried seafood, it still maintains a subtle and fragrant flavor, making it a satisfying dish to eat.
If we have to compare the two with example, we would say that dried oysters are like beef jerky, live oysters are like beef sashimi, and gold oysters are like the currently popular aged steak, with a perfect balance of fresh meat and dried seafood flavor.
金蠔處理方法 Process Gold Oysters
To process and preserve gold oysters is quite simple. As they are not treated with preservatives, unopened gold oysters should be kept in the ice tray and can typically last for about a year.
Before eating, the gold oysters should be taken out of the freezer and left to thaw at room temperature for one night. After thawing, the bamboo skewers should be removed and the gold oysters should be rinsed before cooking.
買金蠔點揀好 How to Choose Good Gold Oysters
Gold oysters come in various sizes, ranging from 4A to 10A grades, with the higher numbers indicating larger sizes and usually higher prices.
However, the size of the oysters does not directly affect their taste. Instead, the quality of the oyster farm’s production has a greater impact on the flavor of the oysters. It is best to avoid buying gold oysters that are too dry and look for those that are slightly moist with a unique and fresh flavor.
There are two methods of preparing gold oysters: one with bamboo skewers and one without. Gold oysters without bamboo skewers are briefly boiled and then dried in the sun, which allows for better control of the drying process. The ones with bamboo skewers are dried from only in the sun and wind, making them sweeter in flavor. Due to the labor-intensive process of preparing gold oysters with bamboo skewers, their production is limited and hence the method of preparing gold oysters without bamboo skewers is also used.
Other factors to consider when choosing gold oysters include whether the oyster body is plump, whether it has a unique and fragrant aroma, and whether the skirt is clean and free of sand.
We simply seared some gold oysters last time and it was already so good
We occasionally would study knowledge about food ingredients, how to process lobsters for example