A few nights ago, I met up with my friends at Izakaya by Katsu-Ya in LA. We ordered many delicious Japanese dishes, two servings of chilled sake and chatted our night away. We had such a wonderful time!
One of the dishes we ordered was a Japanese izakaya classic—steamed asari (manila) clams with sake or asari no sakamushi, a personal favorite that I never miss out whenever I dine at izakaya.
I came to know about Japanese izakaya about eight years ago when I first visited Tokyo. During the trip, I had numerous meals at this izakaya in a small alley right next to my hotel. Sitting on a tatami mat and dine from a low table in traditional Japanese style, my host introduced me to yakitori, steamed asari clams, chicken karaage, yakisoba, agedashi tofu and various mouthwatering Japanese small-plates. I was instantly lured by this very special and casual Japanese dining culture–one that comes complete with food, booze, and great social ambiance. I have been hooked ever since.
If you haven’t been to a Japanese izakaya or the place you live has no such Japanese dining establishments, you can always make the popular izakaya dishes at home. This steamed asari clam recipe is very easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. The sake and mirin used in the recipe accentuate the natural briny flavor of the clams and the end result was so lip-smackingly good that I slurped the sake broth dry. Yum!
This post also marks the start of a new “Japanese izakaya” series here on Rasa Malaysia. I am so excited and can’t wait to share with you the rest of the recipes. If you adore Japanese cuisine, you might also want to check out my previously published Japanese recipes, which include miso ramen, matcha ice cream, miso soup, tofu salad, Nobu black cod, panko-crusted softshell crab, and more.
If you are in LA or Orange County, you can check out the following izakaya that I absolutely love:
Izakaya by Katsu-Ya
8420 W 3rd St,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
1725 W Carson St
Torrance, CA 90501
Musha (Santa Monica)
424 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
556 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
Note: I don’t recommend the Honda-Ya in Little Tokyo. The food is not good.
18450 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Phone: (714) 964-4629