Hello. I just moved to Chinatown in NYC, and have a question about some of the things I see in the markets. There are many storefronts in Chinatown with huge barrels of dried fish and shrimp and roots and twige. Are these for cooking or medicinal? What sorts of things might they be used for?
What about the dried scallops and squid I see in the food markets? How are these used?
If there's a site on the web that had pictures and uses for any of these things, I'd love to see it.