Dried shrimp are incredibly rich, savory, and shrimpy without fishiness. It is used to add deep flavor and umami to sauces, stir-frys, and soups. Larger size shrimp are better quality in terms of taste and texture. The flavor of dried shrimp is complex and lingering.
Uses: Sauté chopped dry shrimp with garlic, ginger, and chili in a generous amount of oil until fragrant. Use this flavorful paste as a base for your favorite dishes such as xo sauce or fried rice.
This one's a pantry staple. A little goes a long way.