To Filipinos they are 'dilis'....dried anchovies. Common throughout Asia as a protein source with a good shelf-life. Usually fried off and eaten with vinegar/soy/chilli type sauces (& rice) or added to vegetable dishes for flavour and crunch.
If you think the bag smells dodge wait till you apply some heat! I tried to ban them but my wife's the boss of me....I keep saying you gotta fridge now, honey!
Might be able to tweak up an interesting Caesar dressing/salad on a deconstruction/reconstitution level since anchovies aren't cheap and the shell-life of these is indefinite....
I remember walking past a series of shops in Japan that only sold all kinds of dried fish that were hanging on display. It was surreal.....everthing shades of yellow....contorted...it looked like the fish market of Pompei!
Maybe try this for authenticity....http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Dilis
Edited by Titomike - 7/9/10 at 5:51pm