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Dried Octopus

Submitted by on January 18, 2012 – 10:45 am2 Comments | 13,356 views

Ingredient Name: Dried Octopus

Traditional Chinese Name: 章魚幹 (Zhāng yú gàn)

What is this?
  • This is basically the dried preserved carcass of a small octopus (an eight-legged mollusc that lives in the ocean)
  • It is prepared by sun drying them with salt
  • It is salty and slightly “fishy” in taste with a rubbery and hard texture
  • Commonly used in soups, stews and other Chinese dishes (usually sliced very thinly)

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water before usage and soak in warm water for about an hour to soften it
  • For soups, you can cut them into thin slices (for consumption) or simply half it

Where can I buy this?

  • Readily available at most Asian supermarkets (packaged)
  • Definitely available in Hong Kong wet marts (sold in the dried food vendor stalls)

What is the cost?

  • Very affordable
  • One average-sized octopus (as picture above) cost me around $30 HKD
  • The prices do vary depending on size, breed and availability

Any benefits?

  • This is a perfect ingredient for soups as it is makes the soup extremely tasty (without adding salt)
  • Octopus is rich in calcium, phosphorous, and iron
  • It aids in the prevention of anemia, relieves fatigue and restores eyesight and improves liver functions

Any precautions?

  • Be sure to purchase from a reputable source
  • Sometimes the octopus is really salty, so if you want to reduce the saltiness, soak in warm water for a few hours
  • Dried octopus is high in cholestorel
  • People who are allergic to shellfish may be allergic to octopus

Additional Information

  • Store in a dry and cool place (up to 3 months)
  • You can freeze them as well for longer storage (up to 6 months)
  • This is a similar ingredient to the dried cuttlefish, both are prepared and used in a similar fashion


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  • Joanna says:

    Dear Chinese Soup Lady, I wonder if I could make some soup using dried octopus but not using lotus root? So far all the recipes I found call for the lotus root whenever one of the the ingredients is dried octopus. Are those two always in pair? I want to buy and send some dried octopus to my parents and they cannot buy lotus root. My mum has iron defficiency so I thought octopus would be great for her. What should I do?

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Joanna,

    No, I think that’s just a coincidence that I haven’t used dried octopus elsewhere. You can also use it with arrowroot, taro, all sorts of nuts, chicken. It’s similar to the dried conpoy in that it’s quite versatile. I hope this helps and if you do make soups with dried octopus, please feel free to send them my way and I can do a guest post!

    Thanks for your support! Lisa

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