you probably don’t really want to know what they were
Taking tonic food is a part of my Chinese culture, I'm careful to consume a healthful diet and tonic foods that balance the yin and yang of the body. My foreign friends were bewildered when they see me using roots, herbal concoctions, insects and animal parts in my tonics.
I enjoy bringing them to our dried seafood shops. There are many items I still cannot identify and some that I don’t really want to know what they were. :P
Dried seahorse is used in soups
Who needs the tonic foods most? They are the elderly, the weak, new mothers and underdeveloped children.
As I'm recovering from my surgery, I'm consuming tonics regularly to speed up the healing process. I swear by them. :)
Dried shellfish, abalone, squids....
Some of the dried seafood are very costly but there are always cheaper alternatives. A good vendor will tell you how to identify the best produce and how to cook each one.
Different grades of rare and expensive dried scallops and sea cucumbers
I usually use them for soups or stocks, or soak them and mix them into stir-fry dishes. Sometimes they are diced and added into the fillings of dumplings, glutinous rice cakes or egg rolls.
A dried seafood supplier in Hong Lim Complex
Some of you may question why we consume such produce and may even push your judgmental buttons. You need to learn our culture to understand.