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Lala with Soy Sauce–My Favorite Childhood Dish

Stir-fried La La with Soy Sauce

Despite my newly acquired gear, I haven’t had time to cook lately because of work. Here is a dish I made when I was home in Malaysia a few weeks ago. This is my favorite childhood dish–stir-fried la la (a type of clams found in Malaysia) with soy sauce. The sweetness of the la la plus the savory sauce, mmm, I could eat this forever.

If only I could find this kind of clams in the United States.

What’s your favorite childhood dish?

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  1. Anonymous

    Aww, I like this lala dish with soy sauce. It is very good with white rice, just scoop up the juice and eat with the rice.

  2. Kenny Mah

    O! I love lala! But I’ve never had it homecooked before; usually I have it outside in restaurants when I go out with a group of friends. A must have…

    My fav childhood dish? A steaming hot bowl of chicken peppercorn soup the way my Mom does it — extra peppercorns! And I’ll still crunch some extra black pepper over my bowl! I lovelovelove spicy food! :)

  3. Flower

    My nanny used to cook this but she only put some lemongrass and boil it. Yummy. My favourite childhood dish, hot rice, butter and ikan goreng. Sometimes I will have it without butter but with some thick soy sauce (kicap manis pekat) and ikan goreng. It has to be ikan kembong and no other ikan. Simply delish…..

  4. team BSG

    hey u not scared these shells contain sand or mud ah ? Even in developed USA?

    but lala Chong Subang is just great and u have missed it once ! Do not, twice ok

  5. Anonymous

    Hi ! Accidentaly stumble upon your blog. Your pictures are really yummy looking.

    Lala can’t be found in S’pore too. Although there are lots of them in M’sia.
    This is one of my favourite seafood too- fried with preserved soy beans,ginger,onions and garlic.

    Will definetly visit again.

  6. Claude-Olivier


    La la, what a sweet name for these little things…

    For me it was…a special cake my grand mother did…gateau au vin cuit…reduces pears juice..just the paradis

    See you
    Have a very nice week-end

  7. tigerfish

    Sing “This is RM’s childhood dish, la la la la la…la la la la” (sing to tune of that xmas song…kekekke)!
    I can’t remember my childhood dish :O
    I just have childhood tidbits like Twisties, and Kaka.
    You eat La La since young arh? No wonder you love shellfish so much lah, coz you grew up with them.
    I love my shellfish both this way and the spicy way :)

  8. Passionate Eater

    My favorite childhood dish was spaghetti and meatballs. Looking at your post, I wish I grew up with you!

  9. Anonymous

    oo…this is my favourite childhood dish as well.
    i would pile them up like a mini mountain!! if only they have this in Australia as well..hhaaha
    I remembered my granny used to put them in a jar and with chopped chillis and ginger, filled it with soy sauce…’s yummmy!!


  10. shortcake

    I’ve always love lala, ever since I can remember. I can eat kilos of it! I have a few recipes given by my grandma and aunts. I can share it with you, if you want.

  11. Tyler

    Just found your website n I think it’s excellent! Malaysian in Townsville, Australia here. :)

    I love those mini la las (that’s what I call em), though u have to eat a lot of em to be full haha. Mum always tells us that that’s what she used to eat as a girl. My favorite childhood dish… urr… shepherd’s pie? I didn’t start appreciating Malaysian food till later in life. :P

  12. Gina

    HI!! I love all ur recipes !! i never actually cooked before but i want to start now ! i love lala with soy sauce… but i cant seem to view the recipe… has it been removed?

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