Must you cook dried shrimp? [moved from San Francisco board]
Bought a bag of dried shrimp (from Thailand) to make Miang Kam. I have numerous recipes for it, and none mention cooking the shrimp, but the package reads "TO BE COOKED OR FRIED BEFORE USE." It could be that the admonition on the package is a liability issue. I'm not sure what to do. Rinse the shrimp? Soak 'em? Boil 'em? Microwave 'em? Does anyone know?
In India they are dry, or with a little oil, roasted in a skillet but for Miang Kam I have never seen a recipe that calls for cooking the shrimp first. I would think this is for liability issues.
I think when the package says "before use" they mean "before eating" because most recipes that call for dried shrimp usually follows these steps (1) soak and rehydrate and (2) incorporate and cook with other ingredients.