How to Reconstitute Dried Shrimp
Dried shrimp is small but has a lot of calcium and is full of umami. It is one of the easier dried seafoods to get your hands on.
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- Dried shrimp, as desired
Rinse the dried shrimp in water to remove any impurities, and drain. Place in a bowl and cover with twice the amount of water. Soak for 30-60 minutes. By the time the shrimp are reconstituted, the water will be cloudy. The shrimp will be a little plump and slightly larger and will weigh 1.5 times to twice as much. They will also be moist and have an orange hue.
Do not discard the soaking liquid. It is rich in umami and can be used as dashi.
If you need to chop the shrimp, remove the amount you need and place on a cutting board to chop.
After rinsing the dried shrimp, finely chop before soaking in water (double the volume of shrimp). This will reduce the soaking time by half.
When simmering with vegetables, add the soaking liquid as well, so as to make full use of the umami-rich flavor.