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Does anyone know what this sort of scallop is called?


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#1 StevenC

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 12:08 AM

I saw these a few days ago in a seafood market in Manila.  The seller referred to them as "Japanese scallops" (or possibly Javanese scallops--the market was loud), but I haven't been able to find anything under either name.

 

Does anyone know what they are?

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#2 Kerala

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:01 AM

Huuuge! How do they taste?



#3 chefmd

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 04:09 AM

I think they are called pen shell. From mollusk family.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 04:38 AM

In this part of Southern China, they are known as 袋子螺 (dài zi luó) which I translate as 'bag shell'. 袋子 dài zi means 'bag' and 螺 luó is a general term for many shellfish).

 

I have never been able to find an 'official' English name, or a Latin name, although I reckon there must be at least the Latin.

 

They are street food material where they are grilled over charcoal with lashings of garlic and chilli.

 

Here are some from a famous street market in Nanning, Guangxi in May 2011.

 

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#5 harryharry

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 11:23 AM

That's very interesting- those were all over the beach on the West Coast of Florida and they are called pen shells - I was told that they are no good to eat -have never seen them on a menu - 

 

Edit - didn't notice that this was on an Asian message board..... 


Edited by harryharry, 27 February 2014 - 11:26 AM.


#6 lesliec

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:59 PM

They look rather like what in this part of the world are called horse mussels.  There are a few different species - New Zealand seems to have its own, as has South Africa.  The shell markings on yours look a bit different to the images I've been able to find, StevenC, but the size and shape of the shell looks very close.


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#7 scubadoo97

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 04:05 PM

That's very interesting- those were all over the beach on the West Coast of Florida and they are called pen shells - I was told that they are no good to eat -have never seen them on a menu - 
 
Edit - didn't notice that this was on an Asian message board..... 


They still are. After a big storm they litter the beach. I also were told they were not good eating. May have to bring a few home. That's a nice chunk of white meat in there
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#8 Blether

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 06:41 PM

Is it this? http://www.saveourwa...pop.asp?ID=1445 - I'd normally think of "razor clams" as something else, myself (see Wikipedia / Razor clams).

 

And in Italian, http://www.naturamed...?TOPIC_ID=52775

 

Pinnidae https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinnidae

 

And it looks like in Japanese they're 'tairagi', which I've never heard of https://ja.wikipedia...a.org/wiki/タイラギ - it says they're big in cantonese cooking, as well as in Chaozhou.


Edited by Blether, 27 February 2014 - 06:47 PM.


#9 Blether

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 06:52 PM

I have heard of tairagai, though.  Doh !

 

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#10 StevenC

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 03:06 PM

Thank you for all your responses.  Liuzhou, that dish you posted looks delicious!