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May 4, 2012 02:33 AM

dried seafood

I always looked at the dried scallops in Asian markets. What other dried seafood tastes good?

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  1. Small dried shrimp are great in a lot of cooking - try them in fried rice, for example.

    1. Other than conpoy and dried shrimp, maybe lutefisk? Depends on your perspective, I suppose.

      1. Those little dried anchovies the Koreans use, make an amazing addition to any seafood stock or gumbo.

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        1. re: arktos

          My memories of anchovies are tasting them on an "everything pizza". Not for me. But enhancing the flavor of soup with anchovies sounds intriguing.

          1. re: seafoodsal

            yes, arktos! dried anchovies and kelp too give a lovely flavor to Korean broths, I've found.

        2. Among the others that people have already suggested, dried squid, dried cuttlefish; both reconstituted and then treated like fresh.

          Dried whole fish of various sizes, which are used for different types of dashi.

          Dried sea cucumber. Will make you strong.

          Are you also considering bacalao?

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          1. re: wattacetti

            Have you cooked with dried squid? Fresh squid with choi sum is amazing. Can dried squid be as tender as fresh?

            Not bacalao--way too salty.

            1. re: seafoodsal

              Yes i have - it's reconstituted in several changes of water. The consistency is different but the taste is more complex.

              Bacalao isn't salty again with adequate changes in water.

          2. Dried anchovies and squid make for good snacks.

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            1. re: JungMann

              Chewing on them like they were apricot leather?

              1. re: seafoodsal

                There are some types of dried squid that are like jerky, but I prefer the crispy kind from the Philippines.

                1. re: JungMann

                  I have never had a crispy kind. I have tried Chinese and Japanese versions. I usually get the Chinese spicy kind. Have you seen the crispy version available in the US and if so, what brand or can you find and link a pic of the package? Do yo know how they get it crispy, like is it deep fried?

                  1. re: luckyfatima

                    I'll have to take a picture the next time I go to the Filipino grocery. I'm not finding much online. I am guessing, though, that the snacks are deep fried. Filipinos love their fried, salty snacks.

                    1. re: JungMann

                      Yep okay please do if you happen to get a chance.

                      1. re: luckyfatima

                        I managed to find this link to the Filipino squid snacks. I don't know t he brand, but the squid looks like the kind I remember.

                        1. re: JungMann

                          Okay I will be on the look out for crispy pusit!

                2. re: seafoodsal

                  The roasted dried cuttlefish that can be found on the streets in Thailand (and other countries to a lesser degree) is one of our favorite street foods. The hawkers will quickly roast it then push it through a roller to tenderize it. It's served with a sweet/hot chile sauce. It's the closest thing I can think of from the dried seafood category that resembles fruit leather.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    +1 for dried cuttlefish.

                    Perfect mah-jong food.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I discard bamboo for beer. Oh yeah, and the cuttlefish. :)