Why is abalone so expensive?
I tasted one today in a famous restaurant, and it was very awful =-=
- Anonymous10 years agoFavorite Answer
They are only found in certain places and aren't common.
Abalone if not cooked rightly is like eating rubber bands, but nicely cooked abalone is a culinary delight.
- 10 years ago
Abalone, like most fish, is priced based on supply and demand and also has several different quality levels based on region in which it was caught, method of catching and procedures after the catch. Many restaurants will start off using a high end product and charge an appropriate price for it...but then will fall victim to 'price fixation' and will purchase a cheaper product thinking customers won't notice a difference. In other circumstances quality change happens when a restaurant switches vendors. The new vendor comes in with a 'lower price' item and the operator assumes their current supplier has been ripping them off. They don't notice that they're getting a lower quality product.
Or, the chef that prepared your meal didn't know what he/she was doing.Source(s): I used to work in the food distribution/supply business.
- BrianLv 710 years ago
I hate abalone too, it's tough, rubbery and has a dull flavor.
The reason it's so expensive is because they have to be hand caught and the cost to yield ratio is very low. So whenever you do find one a lot of time, work and money went into harvesting it.Source(s): BTW, to the user above, abalone is not a fish.
- MikeLv 610 years ago
try the E P A - U S D A - F & G - laws - only certain size - catch limits - consider the S C U B A gear $ $ - Cost of boats -
as for the food - "and it was very awful" - your personal opinion -
I have had meatloaf - that after tasting pushed it aside and finished the sides and let the staff know I was not pleased
If it was awful did you inform the staff ? ?
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- 10 years ago
most chinese delicacies like abalone, shark's fin, bird's nest are super expensive because they're in high demand. not necessarily because they have magical healing properties or high nutrient content, but because they were hard to get.
it all started back in ancient china when the emperor would eat all these expensive foods just because he could and no one else in the kingdom had the money or resources to risk their lives for luxury food. since then, it was all "but this was food that only the emperors could eat, it has to be good!" thus maintaining the high prices of such food.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Just my uneducated guess...Most things that are hard to catch are expensive.
- postres20022000Lv 710 years ago
because it comes from the ocean, the polluted oceans, the price of oil, gas etc. and the fact that fresh fish in general are very pricey.