Steamed with a minimum of seasonings, this abalone dish is delicate and tender, making it a lovely hors d’oeuvre. Prepared in this manner, it may well change the minds of many who think of abalone as rubbery and tasteless. If you can’t find abalone, try steaming shucked cherrystone clams on open half shells for only 2–3 minutes.
2–3fresh abalone, on the half shell, each weighing about ½pound
Scrub the shells lightly and rinse off any sand. Trim the abalone meat of any spongy growth around the edges. Lightly salt the abalone and place them, shell down, in a steamer. Pour ½tablespoon of rice wine over each abalone.
Over high heat, bring the water in the bottom of your steamer to