Abalone Price Comparison Guide: Where to Get The Best Abalone Deals This Chinese New Year (2021)
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.
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.
|Retailer||Abalone||Weight||Price/Promotion||Validity | Terms & Conditions|
|Cold Storage||New Moon Australia Abalone||425g||$45.80 ||-|
|New Moon New Zealand Abalone||425g||$36.80
|New Moon Royale Braised Abalone||400g||$45.80
2 for $45.80
|On Kee Abalone in Scallop Sauce/Oyster Sauce||430g||$38.00
2 for $71.00
|Skylight Australia Abalone||425g||$40.90
|Skylight Abalone New Zealand||425g||$34.50|
|Giant||Flying Wheel Braised/Spicy Whole Braised Abalone||425g||$19.90
2 for $28.80
|Fortune Baby Abalone in Brine China||425g||$30.90
2 for $49.80
|Fortune Braised Abalone||425g||$34.80
2 for $49.80
|New Moon Australia Abalone F4-F7||425g||$45.80|
|New Moon Australia Braised Abalone||425g||$46.80|
|On Kee Braised Abalone in Oyster Sauce||430g||$38.00
|Skylight Australia Abalone||425g||$39.50
|Skylight Abalone New Zealand||425g||$34.50
|NTUC FairPrice||A1 New Zealand Wild Abalone||425g||$47.50 ||1 Feb 2021|
|Fortune Baby Abalone||425g||$38.80|
2 for $49.80 + free Pyrex Glassware Container
|1 Mar 2021|
|Golden Chef Australian Baby Abalone||425g||$36.80 ||11 Feb 2021|
|Golden Chef Australian Premium Wild Abalone||425g||$40.80
|Golden Chef New Zealand Superior Wild Abalone||425g||$36.80
|New Moon Australia Abalone||425g||$40.80 ||1 Mar 2021|
|New Moon New Zealand Abalone||400g||$32.80 ||5 Feb 2021|
|New Moon Whole Abalone||400g||$47.80|
2 for $47.80
|1 Mar 2021|
|Skylight Australia Prince Abalone||425g||$50|
2 for $54.80
|3 Feb 2021|
|Skylight Australia Superior Abalone||425g||$39.00
|Skylight South Africa Cherry Heart Golden Abalone||400g||$23.00
|Sheng Siong||Bao Zhi Yuan Abalone||425g||$30.95|
2 for $30.95
|Happy Family Australia Braised Baby Abalone||425g||$32.80
|Happy Family Australia Wild Abalone||425g||$39.80
2 for $76.80
|Happy Family New Zealand Wild Abalone||425g||$47.90|
|New Moon Australia Abalone||425g||$45.80|
|New Moon New Zealand Abalone||425g||$36.80|
|Frozen Abalone||Six pieces||$9.99||3 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.
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.
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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:
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.
This way, everyone gets their own personal abalone.
At prices as low as $9.99 a pack (200-250g), 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 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.
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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