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Ginger and Clam Soup (姜丝蛤蜊汤)

Ginger and Clam Soup (姜丝蛤蜊汤)
Ginger and Clam Soup (姜丝蛤蜊汤) pictures (2 of 3)

I love soups of all sorts, especially Chinese soups. To the Chinese, soups are highly nourishing as each ingredient in the soup delivers a certain health (and beauty) benefit and promotes overall strengths to the body. Drinking soup is a huge part of the Chinese food culture, soup is often considered as “tonic” (補品).

There are endless variations of soups in Chinese cuisine as so many ingredients could be used—Chinese herbal (medicinal), meat-based (chicken, pork, beef, duck, bones, etc.), vegetables (fresh and dried), dried seafood (dried scallops, abalone, oysters, etc.), fresh seafood, the exotics (bird’s nest, shark’s fin, etc.), and the combination of all the ingredients above. The possibilities are endless, and most importantly, delicious, wholesome, healthy, and certainly much more than the regular egg drop soup and hot and sour soup…

One of the easiest soups that I always make at home is ginger and clam soup, or 姜丝蛤蜊汤. This soup is especially popular for the Taiwanese, and served at Taiwanese restaurants. It takes only a few ingredients and practically 15 minutes to prepare, but the end result is absolutely pleasing. According to my Chinese soups cookbook, ginger and clam soup is great for the liver and stimulates a healthy appetite.

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  1. Emily

    Yes, I always order this soup at Taiwanese restaurants. I didn’t know it’s so easy to make, now I can make this ginger and clam soup at home. Restaurant is about $10 for a small bowl!

  2. When it’s a fresh catch of clams, it just need a simple way of cooking it ay. Me, i’ll add in some spring onions, and a teeny weeny drop of sesame oil.


  3. I love clams!!

    Alot of times after i acquired them at the market, i could only think of kam heong la la and spaghetti vongole!

    Thanks for the idea.. Now i have another option to pick from! :)

  4. That first photo definitely stimulate my healthy appetite. Now i just wish that delicious ginger and clams soup would materialize in front of me. Bee, if i close my eyes and wish it very hard it will appear, right?.. right? :)

  5. Motherof1

    Bee – what can we substitute for rice wine? Would it be a huge deal to just omit it? I know the taste will be different but we don’t consume alcohol. It looks delish, I definitely want to try it.

  6. Celina

    I love this dish!
    Every year I go back to Taiwan, I will eat so much of it ( at home) until I can live without it for a while…

  7. HI Rasa. First, I love the site! Simple and attractive at the same time. Second, I love soups (specially Japanese Ramen) and this Ginger and Clam soup is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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