From a video clip posted on YouTube during a recent visit to Taipei.
The herbal medicine street there is Dihua Street. Shark fins, canned and dried abalone and many items we rarely see in Australia, on sale from hundreds of small shops that are unique in Asia with Japanese era architecture.
Perhaps the most innovative product of all is dried jellyfish.
It’s not so cheap either. (Australians regard dried seaweed as being an unusual, so jellyfish is very different)!
We can only wonder if those Asian masters of turning almost every form of sea creature into something edible could tackle making a food product from, say, Acanthaster planci, the crown-of-thorns starfish?
That would be a challenge.
The spines have a unique poison that is very painful. Most sea creatures leave the starfish alone. Exceptions being triton trumpet shells and hump head maori wrasse.
There is a possibility coral trout eat juvenile crown-of-thorns.
Less coral trout = more starfish in an area. That theory is still to be researched.
Atlantic lobster taken from a fish tank and cooked in a Taiwanese restaurant. Very nice but not equal to Australian mud crab. Above video picture February 2010
Meat in Atlantic lobster nipper was spongy yet tasty.
Cooked with special AO sauce it was a rare treat.
Australian rock lobster do not have pincer nippers.
Warning: There’s a serious problem with eating excessive “rich” foods such as lobster, my late naturopath told me 25 years ago. It causes Aseptic bone necrosis. This is a dying of the bone enamel in the joints (hips shoulder, knees). Professional divers get it …… (too many lobsters?)
As do astronauts (too many cocktail parties?).
Medical diving practitioners (circa 1970′s) believed it is due to poor decompression times…. which is an easy diagnosis to make on divers.
The fact that other non divers have it (wife of celebrity radio shock jock), points to the food rather than deco stops in my opinion. Or both.
Hip joint replacement (a serious medical procedure) would be another treatment.
Eat more beans!
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