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.
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.
On a slightly worrying note, I found out that because abalone is such an in-demand delicacy that it is usually overfished.
The white and black abalone, in particular, are listed as critically endangered under North America’s Endangered Species Act.
But if you’re still looking for the cheapest abalone promotions in Singapore this Chinese New Year in 2023, you’ve come to the right place.
TL;DR: Cheapest Abalone Promotions for Chinese New Year (2023)
To help you get the best abalone deals, I scoured the internet for some of the best abalone promotions and offers.
For retailers with more than 10 deals/promotions, click on the links to view all promotions available.
|Giant||New Moon New Zealand Abalone (425g)||$45.80|
3 for $95
|Till 8 Jan 2023|
|Flying Wheel Abalone Assorted (425g)||$9.90
|New Moon Australia Abalone (425g)||$38.80
|New Moon Firecracker Gift Set, Premium South Africa Royale Braised Abalone (2s x 400g)||$39.80
|Fortune Baby Abalone China (425g)||2 for $47.80
|Caltex (Exclusively for HSBC, OCBC, Standard Chartered, and TRUST Bank card users)||-||Enjoy $8 OFF all abalone products with a min. spend of $40 gross on fuel OR with every 2 sets purchased.||Till 31 Jan 2023|
|Skylight Supreme Amidori Abalone (425g)||$49.90|
Buy 1 get 1 free
|Till 31 Jan 2023|
|New Moon Premium Prosperity Abalone Treasure Pot (1.2kg)||$76.80
Free WMF 24cm Pan worth $79 with every purchase.
|Skylight Abalones Treasure Pot Set (1.8kg)||$99.90
Free Pan with lid with every purchase.
|Skylight Jumbo 3s Gift Set||$140
|Skylight 3s Gift Set||$49.90
|Skylight 4s Gift Set||$69.90
|Skylight NZ Abalone Star Set||$59.90
|Skylight AU Abalone Star Set||$66
|Skylight AU Jumbo Set||$89.90
|Skylight NZ Jumbo Set||$79.90
|Cold Storage||New Moon Australia Abalone (425g)||$38.80 ||Till 8 Jan 2023|
|New Moon New Zealand Abalone (425g)||2 for $69
|New Moon Australia Imperial Braised 4 - 6 pcs Abalone with Bird's Nest Gift Set||$39.80
|Skylight New Zealand Abalone (425g)||$34.90
|On Kee Braised Abalone in Oyster Sauce (430g)||$35.90
|On Kee Abalone in Chicken Superior Soup 6s||$16.90
|NTUC Fairprice||New Moon Australia Abalone (425g)||$38.80||Till 9 Jan 2023|
|Golden Chef Australian Baby Abalone (6 - 10 Pieces, 425g)||$32.80||Till 12 Jan 2023|
|New Moon Royale Braised Abalone (400g)||$45.80
2 for $39.90
|Golden Chef New Zealand Superior Wild Abalone (425g)||$33.80
|Fortune Baby Abalones||$86.00
|Skylight New Zealand Superior Abalone (425g)||$45
Any 2 for $69.90
|Imperial Korean Ginseng Abalone||$16.96
Any 2 for $16.80
|Fortune Braised Baby Abalone (180g)||$8.90
Any 2 for $11.95
|Skylight Australia Prince Abalone (425g)||$50
Buy 2 for $60
|Sheng Siong||New Moon|
New Zealand Abalone (425g)
Buy 3 for $95
New Zealand Wild Abalone (425g)
Buy 2 for $59.80
Australia Wild Abalone (425g)
Buy 2 for $68.80
Australia Baby Abalone (425g)
So… Why Is Abalone so Expensive?
As 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.
Naturally, this method of fishing means that abalone is usually only available in limited quantities.
Are There ‘Cheaper’ and More Sustainable Alternatives to Abalone?
COVID-19 has kept us away from our loved ones for the past few years.
And traditions like giving abalone during Chinese New Year help to show your family members that you care for them, especially during such a trying time.
So 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:
For a cheaper alternative, get the small abalones from big brands like Skylight, New Moon, and Golden Chef.
These are also perfect if you are lazy since you don’t need to slice a huge abalone into tiny slices to make sure everyone gets a taste.
As an added bonus, everyone gets their own personal abalone, so much easier for sharing!
At prices as low as $9.99 for a 10-pcs pack, fresh frozen abalones are also a great cheap alternative to canned abalones.
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.
If you like abalone for its stretchy, rubbery texture, then I’d recommend buying mock abalone.
The taste and texture are similar.
Best of all, you don’t need to spend as much as you do on the real thing.
Other CNY Promotions in 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!
Buying CNY goodies for your family and friends? Here are some of the best Bak Kwa you can gift to show that you care for this Chinese New Year!
Hopefully, all of these purchases during CNY don’t burn a big hole in your wallet or bank account.
Here’s to having a happy and wonderful Chinese New Year!