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Scallops – Dried (Conpoy)

Submitted by on December 21, 2008 – 4:20 am2 Comments | 60,969 views

Scallops - Dried

Ingredient Name: Conpoy or Dried Scallops
Traditional Chinese Name: 乾瑤柱
What is this?
  • Conpoy or dried scallops are preserved and treated seafood made from scallops
  • They can be made from either cooked or raw scallops (but mainstream is cooked)
  • They vary in size depending on the original scallop it was dried from
  • They are often used in Chinese soups, stews, sauces, and other dishes
  • They can be stored for years at a time (in an air tight container or in the fridge)

How do I prepare it?

  • To use for soups, wash and soak the dried scallops in cold water for at least 30-minutes
  • Some will drain the soaking water before usage, but there are also others who suggest using it as some of the flavour of the scallop has already been extracted into the water
  • Add to the boiling water of soup

Where can I buy this?

  • In Hong Kong, any dried food store will carry this (wet marts, supermarkets, mom and pop shops)
  • In Canada, any Chinese dried food store will carry it as well (in Chinese malls)
  • They are sold pre-packaged or in bulk

What is the cost?

  • Dried scallops vary in costs depending on its size, wholeness (have they broken apart are are still whole) and quality
  • In Hong Kong the cost is roughly: $400 HKD / pound (for average dried scallops)
  • In Canada the cost is roughly: $80 CAD / pound (for whole average dried scallops), you can also buy shredded or broken ones for about $50 CAD / pound which are just as good (only they don’t look as good if you’re using them for cooking purposes)

Any benefits?

  • By adding dried scallops to your soup, you can reduce (or eliminate) the salt as they produce enough flavour
  • Dried scallops are beneficial to the “yin” and replenishes the kidneys.

Any precautions?

  • Be careful of fake products.  Buy from a reputable and trusted store or source
  • Many countries outside of Asia require travelers to declare this product if you’re bringing it into the country

Additional Information?

  • The best species in the world are from Japan

I would say that this is a staple in every Chinese cook’s stock.  All you really need are 3-5 dried of these in any soup and in most of the soups I’ve made, this is a great base to start with.  Honestly, if you’ve got nothing to eat (except instant noodles and I wouldn’t even that on a regular basis), make a congee out of dried scallops and serve with preserved cucumbers (that come out of the fridge) and you’ve got a pretty yummy meal.

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