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Top Shell Salad

This is a no-cook recipe for seasoned top shell salad (凉拌海螺). It is basically dressing up a can of top shell (conch) with onions, lime juice and chilli padi. This dish can be served chilled or at room temperature.

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Seasoned Top Shell Salad Recipe

The top shell salad is deliciously hot (if you add a lot of chilli padi), savoury and very addictive. My brother can solo one can all by himself!

STEP-BY-STEP PHOTOS

Can of Top Shell (Conch)
This is the can of top shell my mum often buys. The sauce (top shell soaking liquid) in the can (made up of “salt, sugar, soy sauce & spices”) is used directly as the salad dressing, so I like that it does not contain preservatives.

Seasoned Top Shell Salad Recipe
Cut each top shell to smaller pieces. Reserve the sauce in the can.

Top Shell Salad Recipe
Slice onions (I’m using red, but white onion or shallots will do too) thinly as shown. Squeeze lime juice over the onions.

Top Shell Salad Recipe
Coat the onions evenly in the lime juice, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. This process softens the onions, like a quickie pickle! If you are not a big fan of raw onions, this extra step helps to make the onions more soft and palatable. You can skip this if you don’t mind raw onions.

Seasoned Top Shell Salad Recipe
Add sliced top shell, chilli padi, more lime juice and coriander. Add top shell sauce (liquid from the can), as much or as little as you like. My mum loves to use all the liquid in the can, drenching the top shell in a bowl of sauce. For me, I prefer a drier salad, so I use only a few tablespoons of sauce as shown above.

Seasoned Top Shell Salad Recipe
Toss to serve, and plate the salad in a serving dish. Enjoy this on its own as an appetizer (so good with beer) or as a side-dish to accompany any meal.

4 comments on “Top Shell Salad”

  1. Love how it turned out…and the simple preparation is definitely a bonus.

  2. Easy peasy side dish and it’s my favorite! 

  3. I think I never really had top shell before? Not sure. Maybe tried it once or twice, in buffets in which they are served in salads too. Love this no-cook dish. I will definitely make this if I can find good-quality canned top shell like yours

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