Sea cucumbers (of which there are more than 1,200 known species) are marine animals with a leathery skin and an elongated body containing a single, branched gonad. They are found on the sea floor worldwide and are named after their resemblance to a cucumber plant. Most Asian cultures regard sea cucumbers as a delicacy. A number of dishes are made with sea cucumber, and in most dishes, it has a slippery texture. Common ingredients that go with sea cucumber dishes include winter melon, Kai-lan, shiitake mushroom and Chinese cabbage. In SINO Kitchen, raw (sashimi) sea cucumber is one of our Chef’s many specialties. It goes very well with white wine or even Chinese rice wine.