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Jan 18, 2007 02:10 AM

Cooking Whelk

My local Asian market has fresh Whelk. (Members of the snail family that look like their real Dad may have been a conch.) It appears the Italians serve these with Pasta and the Asians eat them with black bean sauce, etc. I'm trying to find the best way to cook Whelk. Steam them? Boil them? Some recipes call for chopping them in their shells and sauteing them. So to those of you Chowhounds that have been successful in hunting and gathering whelk, any ideas on the best way to prepare them?

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  1. i think i remember telling you how i like these on the HMart thread, but I found an interesting recipe online that I may try...maybe you can guinea pig it and let me know? :o)

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    1. re: soypower

      Soypower, Thank you! That's the first recipe I've found that actually describes the cooking time and procedure for whelk. I'll let you know how it turns out.

      1. re: Leper

        awesome! i can't wait to hear how it turns out! :o)

    2. If you want to expand the list of recipes you might find on the 'net, you might want to also search by the Italian for whelk, scungilli.

      No personal experience to report though, I've only dealt with conch, never whelk.