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Stir-fried Savory Clams Recipe

Stir-fried Clams

Call me a clam predator or clamoholic, I love clams and can’t get enough of these little shelled mollusks. Clams are extremely juicy, flavorful, and a versatile ingredient. There are so many ways you can consume them: steamed, fried, stir-fried, boiled, baked, soup, or raw (like the Japanese do). For me, I always love my clams stir-fried–a little bit of oyster sauce, dollops of chili paste, and some fresh ginger make a great dish.

One of my favorite clam species is Savory Clams (蚵蜊). Savory Clams are very popular in China and Taiwan but they are not commonly found in Malaysia or the United States. These clams are extra succulent, tender, and perfect for stir-frying as they don’t turn rubbery even if they are over-cooked…

I got some of them at 99 Ranch tonight and here is my recipe.

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15 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Rasa Malaysia

    Penangdoc,

    Yes, Penangites love all kinds of siput lala. I love Balitong too. Stay tuned as I am going to post an article about the various kinds of siput found in the wet market in Malaysia. :)

  2. Audrey Cooks

    I love balitong very much too! must say this is the first time i hear about savoury clams, they look real fleshy.

  3. Rasa Malaysia

    Teckiee – I don’t believe they are pricey to makan if you buy them from market and cook yourself. You should try.

    Audrey Cooks – yes, they are very fleshy and juicy, you will definitely love them. Too bad can’t find in Malaysia. :(

  4. Chubbypanda

    I’m a clamaholic too! Beautiful clams and recipe. Throw in some Thai basil, and you’ve got a classic Taiwanese dish. I <3 clams.

    – Chubbypanda

  5. Anonymous

    The savoury clam in other name is ‘etok’ as i’m kelantanese so i know this clam very well.In kelantan they use the
    salt and chopped lemongrass to season it and use the sun heat to cook it(half cook).Mainly can be found along kelantan river

  6. Anonymous

    The savoury clam in other name is ‘etok’ as i’m kelantanese so i know this clam very well.In kelantan they use the
    salt and chopped lemongrass to season it and use the sun heat to cook it(half cook).Mainly can be found along kelantan river

  7. Ray

    Yerp !
    This is no doubt the Kelantanese Etok ! Totally sure of that ..

    In Kelantan, it is sold either fresh or “half treated” ( with salt, lemon grass + very light heat )to be consumed as light snack. Another favorite way of consuming it is by cooking them in yellowish broth exactly the same style as Gulai Siput Sedut ( Water Snail Broth ).

    Try this link :

    http://raykinzoku.fotopages.com/?entry=680228

    Btw, in Japan the clam is known as Shijimi, normally cooked with Miso paste and served as Shijimi Jiru – i.e ” Shijimi in Miso Soup “.

  8. Anonymous

    My friend and i just tryed to boil some clams that we found in the river and we nearly threw up! We need some help! lots of it!

  9. Fiqah

    I use to buy this stir-fried savory clams at the pasar ramadhan. Now i can make them myself using your stir-fried savory clams recipe.

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