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Is there any value to dehydrated scallops?

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Caviar Oct 24, 2003 05:30 PM

You know, the big fat brown ones in the big jars in asian markets.

I'm scared. Should I be?

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    Alan Oct 24, 2003 05:43 PM

    I have used dried scallops that came in a plastic bag in "chinese style" paella.

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      PayOrPlay Oct 24, 2003 07:51 PM

      Aren't they a key ingredient in XO sauce?

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        Gary Soup Oct 24, 2003 08:15 PM

        Yep. Also great sauteed with tofu (after reconstituting) and in soups.

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          Greg Spence Oct 27, 2003 09:53 AM

          Shred dry and stir fry with snow pea greens.

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      Irwin Koval Oct 25, 2003 04:10 AM

      Caviar: The Dried Scallops, either whole or in pieces are most often used in Hong Kong, as a signature, or to make their Rice Gruel, Chuck or Congeem stand out with better flavor or character. In the intensely competetive market. The type of Restaurants featuring this dish, also serve Mein [Noodles], Won Tons, Sui Kow, Steamed Vegetables with Oyster Sauce and Steamed Liver, or Kidneys. They also serve a traditional Fried Bread, and stay open for Breakfast until Late Night for Snacks.

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        C.S. Oct 25, 2003 04:50 AM

        Umm... if you check the price tags you should find that there must be a pretty big value (whatever it is...) :).

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          Limster Oct 25, 2003 11:09 AM

          Dried scallops have more intense flavour. The texture also changes, to a certain chewiness that can be very good when cooked right. Beside direct consumption, they are often used to flavour stocks, especially rich stocks that are used in soups or for braising. These dried scallops come in different grades and prices depending on how intact they are and how intense the flavour they impart.

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            Wendy Lai Oct 25, 2003 11:32 PM

            heck no! They are delicious, and so different than fresh scallops. You have to soak them in water until soft, then you steam them in some stock, than you can use them for for soups or stir fries. The flavor is very intense, savory and has that seafood sweetness.
            The bigger the scallops the more expensive.

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              seafoodsal May 4, 2012 02:37 AM

              It's time for me to try dried scallops after reading about how delicious they are.

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              tastesgoodwhatisit May 4, 2012 02:39 AM

              They're wonderful when cooked well, however, they are a totally different ingredient than fresh scallops (so you can't rehydrate them and use them in a fresh scallop recipe).

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                chocolatetartguy May 4, 2012 01:35 PM

                Be not afraid! Dried scallops are an important ingredient in foo jook, a very good funky soup with dried tofu "noodles", ginko nuts, etc. As a child I also remember chewing on small pieces. Sort of a seafood jerky.

                1. Karl S May 4, 2012 06:27 PM

                  No. They are a wonderful product. Makes a fantastic Chinese-style white (that is, no soy sauce) fried rice with some shredded rehydrated fried scallops and minced Chinese sausage and scallions....

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                    EWSflash May 5, 2012 09:03 AM

                    What's the best way to rehydrate them? Would a clam juice soak make it better or worse?

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                      Karl S May 5, 2012 09:53 AM

                      I would just use some water. I wouldn't add any flavor to dilute their flavor. You don't need to rehydrate them fully - just enough for them to be shreddable like canned tuna.

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                        ipsedixit May 5, 2012 12:17 PM

                        Karl S is right.

                        Warm water works best.

                        They have such concentrated flavor that any other type of liquid (e.g. clam juice) would either adulterate or confuse the flavors.

                  2. EWSflash May 5, 2012 09:02 AM

                    I have seen them, never bought them, but my dim sum place has rice flour dumplings with scallops in them that are always a must-have for me. They have to be using the dried scallops, fresh or frozen would be too pricey and hard to maintain a consistent fresh supply. No idea how they reconstitute them, but I'me here to say it can be done deliciously. Thyat unique scallop flavor comes shining through.

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                      JMF May 5, 2012 09:42 AM

                      Frozen scallops are not expensive for restaurants. The dried scallops are very expensive. They are used more like a spice or flavoring.

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                        fourunder May 5, 2012 09:59 AM

                        I agree....depending on the source and perceived quality, the prices on dried scallops, oysters and abalone can be astronomical.

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                          EWSflash May 5, 2012 10:31 AM

                          Thanks for the clarification. I just thought dried would be cheaper due to being less hassle to store.

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                            ipsedixit May 5, 2012 12:19 PM

                            I've seen dried scallops (or conpoy) go for as high as $10/ounce.

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                              fourunder May 5, 2012 10:15 PM

                              It's been some time since I have noticed the price of dried scallops, but in light of this thread, the first memory that popped into my head was the large glass jars in Kam Man on Canal Street, NYC.....the price I seemed to recall was $120/lb, but that was probably 10 years ago.

                    2. pdxgastro May 5, 2012 10:31 PM

                      If I had not been exposed to dried abalone, I would question dehydrated scallops too. But I have, so I don't.

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