I've been going to the Korean markets in LA a lot more often now as I explore my Korean side in the kitchen. Though I am not unfamiliar with many of the rather unusual and new food products and ingredients to be found in Asian markets, I was pretty amused on my last few visits. I am not sure if I was just never aware of certain products, or that they really are new. Clam jerky?
Now don't get me wrong. I know all about dried seafood. Dried seaweed (called "gim" in Korean and "nori" in Japanese), dried fish, and even dried squid. In fact, I used to gobble up dried squid while watching tv when I was a kid. However, I just can't imagine what clam jerky would look or even taste like. Pretty damn good if it's $4.99!