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Abalone Price Comparison Guide: Where to Get The Best Abalone Deals This Chinese New Year (2021)

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I’ve got to be honest.

I’m not a big fan of abalone and never really understood why Chinese families usually have it during Chinese New Year (CNY).

So imagine how “enthusiastic” I was when I was tasked by the editor to find the cheapest abalone promotions available for our Seedly members.

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However, I did learn a couple of interesting facts about abalone, which made me appreciate the dish a little more.

It turns out, abalone is consumed not only for its good taste but for its auspicious symbolism as well.

In Mandarin, 鲍鱼 sounds similar to the words for ‘guaranteed’ and ‘abundance’.

So the Chinese believe that if you have abalone, you’re ushering in the new year with great abundance and joy.

During CNY, abalone is usually eaten in Pen Cai: a dish created during the Song Dynasty where locals served their best food in large wooden basins to feed the emperor and his troops who were fleeing from Mongolian invaders.

FINE. So I learnt something.

Enough random trivia.

Abalone can be expensive.

So if you’re looking for the cheapest abalone promotions in Singapore this Chinese New Year in 2021, you’ve come to the right place.

Information is accurate as of 2 Feb 2021. Prices and promotions are subject to terms and conditions and can be changed without prior notice.

TL;DR: Cheapest Abalone Promotions for Chinese New Year (2021)

Cheapest Abalone Promotions and Discounts

To help you get the best abalone deals, I scoured the internet for the best abalone promotions and offers.

You’re welcome.

RetailerAbaloneWeightPrice/PromotionValidity | Terms & Conditions
Cold StorageNew Moon Australia Abalone425g$45.80 $55.80-
New Moon New Zealand Abalone425g$36.80 $45.80
New Moon Royale Braised Abalone400g$45.80
2 for $45.80
On Kee Abalone in Scallop Sauce/Oyster Sauce430g$38.00
2 for $71.00
Skylight Australia Abalone425g$40.90 $55.00
Skylight Abalone New Zealand425g$34.50
GiantFlying Wheel Braised/Spicy Whole Braised Abalone425g$19.90
2 for $28.80
Fortune Baby Abalone in Brine China425g$30.90
2 for $49.80
Fortune Braised Abalone425g$34.80
2 for $49.80
New Moon Australia Abalone F4-F7425g$45.80
New Moon Australia Braised Abalone425g$46.80
On Kee Braised Abalone in Oyster Sauce430g$38.00 $71.00
Skylight Australia Abalone425g$39.50 $55.00
Skylight Abalone New Zealand425g$34.50 $45.00
NTUC FairPriceA1 New Zealand Wild Abalone425g$47.50 $52.801 Feb 2021
Fortune Baby Abalone425g$38.80
2 for $49.80 + free Pyrex Glassware Container
1 Mar 2021
Golden Chef Australian Baby Abalone425g$36.80 $49.0011 Feb 2021
Golden Chef Australian Premium Wild Abalone425g$40.80 $55.00
Golden Chef New Zealand Superior Wild Abalone425g$36.80 $46.90
New Moon Australia Abalone425g$40.80 $55.001 Mar 2021
New Moon New Zealand Abalone400g$32.80 $45.805 Feb 2021
New Moon Whole Abalone400g$47.80
2 for $47.80
1 Mar 2021
Skylight Australia Prince Abalone425g$50
2 for $54.80
3 Feb 2021
Skylight Australia Superior Abalone425g$39.00 $55.00
Skylight South Africa Cherry Heart Golden Abalone400g$23.00 $45
Sheng SiongBao Zhi Yuan Abalone425g$30.95
2 for $30.95
Happy Family Australia Braised Baby Abalone425g$32.80 $43.80
Happy Family Australia Wild Abalone425g$39.80
2 for $76.80
Happy Family New Zealand Wild Abalone425g$47.90
New Moon Australia Abalone425g$45.80
New Moon New Zealand Abalone425g$36.80
Frozen AbaloneSix pieces$9.993 Feb 2021
or while stocks last)

So… Why Is Abalone so Expensive?

Like I stated earlier, I’m not the biggest fan of abalone.

And am still not even after reading so much about them.

I mean, there definitely are better tasting food at this price point.

If you’re wondering why is abalone so expensive, it’s because it has to be manually harvested by hand.

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Naturally, this method of fishing means that abalone is usually only available in limited quantities.

On a slightly worrying note, I found out that because abalone is such an in-demand delicacy, it is usually overfished.

The white and black abalone, in particular, are listed as critically endangered under North America’s Endangered Species Act.



Are There ‘Cheaper’ and More Sustainable Alternatives to Abalone?

Buying abalone as gifts is a Chinese New Year tradition that’s been going on for as long as I remember.

If you’re buying them as gifts for your parents or elders, you’ll probably want to splurge a little and get them the good stuff.

But if you’re just getting some abalone for personal consumption, here are some other alternatives you can try:

Small Abalones

For a cheaper alternative, get the small abalones from big brands like Skylight, New Moon, and Golden Chef.

These are also easier for sharing as you don’t need to slice a huge abalone into tiny slices to make sure everyone gets a taste.

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This way, everyone gets their own personal abalone.

Frozen Abalones

At prices as low as $9.99 a pack (200-250g), fresh frozen abalones are also a great cheap alternative to canned abalones.

Source: AsiaOne

I’ve never tried this myself but from what I gather online, fresh abalone usually tastes a bit fishier.

If you’re wondering why it’s cheaper than the canned version, it’s probably because the canned ones are already brined or cooked in a sauce and can be eaten straight out of the can.

For the fresh version, you’ll have to know how to prepare them properly.

Mock Abalone

If you like abalone for it’s stretchy, rubbery texture, then I’d recommend buying mock abalone.

My uncle usually gets this for CNY and it goes well with piping hot steamboat.

If you’re wondering where you can get it, mock abalone is usually available in grocery stores or online supermarkets like FairPrice Online or RedMart.

The taste and texture are similar to the fake abalone dish you can get from Sushi Express!

Cheapest Abalone Promotions Singapore

Whether you’re buying abalone for your relatives or having it for your next reunion meal, it is always great to be able to get this expensive delicacy at a discount!

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