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  Dried salted fish
by Wild_Orchid

After shopping at the Filipino market, I stumbled upon a market selling all kinds of dried seafood and delicacies along the KK Waterfront.

What to Check out:
Sea-cucumber of various types (including the A Grade Tiger Variety, which are delicious when cooked with pork & black vinegar, (a friend's mum confirmed that this is the best quality), dried abalone, dried shrimps, ikan bilis and many varieties of dried fish and dried cuttlefish, including some dried seafood that I've never ever seen before!

Good news: The prices are much cheaper than at Kuala Lumpur, and the quality is almost similar.

Downside: You'll smell the stuff a mile away...advised to check it in, and not carry it on board the plane.

Tips for Mums and Dads who Love to Cook: Because they're dry, they're light so you should buy some of these delicacies for yourself, or for your mother-in-law. She & your kids will love you for it !

I bought some small dried abalone at RM90 per kilo.
My recipe: soak 6 pieces of abalone overnight, then boil for 4-5 hours (low heat or crockpot) with 1 whole chicken, 6-7 bowls of water, a few fresh ginger slices, 2-3 chinese mushrooms and whole black pepper - oh, it was delicious and hearty ! makes 4-5 bowls of soup)

Final Tip: Remember to bargain, because the prices are negotiable (but remember also that everyone has to make a living, so don't be too stingy!)

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 26, 2004
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