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.