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Conpoy or dried scallop is a type of dried seafood product made from the adductor muscle of scallops. The smell of conpoy is marine, pungent, and reminiscent of certain [1 ] salt-cured meats. Its taste is rich in umami due to its high content of various free amino acids, such as glycine, alanine, and glutamic acid. It is also rich in nucleic acids such as inosinic acid, amino acid byproducts such as taurine, and minerals, such as calcium and zinc.
Conpoy is produced by cooking raw scallops and then drying them.
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Conpoy is a loanword from the Cantonese pronunciation of 乾 貝, (Cantonese: gon 1bui 3; Mandarin: gān bèi), which literally means "dried shell(fish)".
Scallops for sale at a market.
Hong Kong, conpoy from two types of scallops are common. Conpoy made from or Atrina pectinata kongyiu (江珧), a freshwater scallop from mainland China, is small and milder in taste. or Patinopecten yessoensis sinpui (扇貝), a sea scallop imported from Japan ( hotategai, 帆立貝 in Japanese), produces a conpoy that is stronger and richer in taste .
As with many dried foods, conpoy was originally made as a way to preserve
seafood in times of excess. In more recent times its use in cuisine has been elevated to gourmet status. Conpoy has a strong and distinctive flavor that can be easily identified when used in [2 ] rice congee, stir fries, stews, and sauces.
XO sauce, a seasoning used for frying vegetables or seafoods in Cantonese cuisine, contains significant quantities of conpoy .
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