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Taiwanese-style Clams (台式炒蛤蜊)

Taiwanese-style Clams
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I haven’t been traveling for a while, well, not since my trips to China and Malaysia last June and Hawaii in last August. I miss traveling a lot, mostly, I miss eating local foods and exploring local cooking styles. It’s amazing to me that even with the same ingredients, different places have their own signature ways of preparing the ingredients.

Even though Taiwan is not a huge tourist destination to most people, I love the place. I had been to Taipei a few times, and one of the things that I love most about the city is the many “百元小炒” Chinese food establishments. 百元小炒 means NT$100 (about US$3.20) stir-fries, which basically are popular and very affordable dishes served at Chinese restaurants. The restaurants that offer such specials are usually very humble in the appearance and set up—a shop house with a cashier counter, round tables and chairs, and a hot stir-fry kitchen (some visible and some don’t). 百元小炒 is a popular food culture in Taipei and the dishes are great for sharing with friends, late-night supper, and especially great with cold beer.

clams1 Taiwanese style Clams (台式炒蛤蜊)

Whenever I go to Taipei, I would look out for restaurants that serve the NT$100 dishes. Unfortunately, in the recent years, they are harder to come by because foods are getting more expensive. Regardless, this Taiwanese-style clams is a typical 百元小炒 dish that I love. Well, you know, I always love clams.

Stir-fried with the basic Chinese seasonings of oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, rice wine, and infused with the spiciness of fresh red chilies, these clams retain the original briny sweet taste. This type of stir-fry is very homey, but hard to find in Chinese restaurants in Malaysia or the US, but in Taiwan, this is one of the most popular ways of preparing clams.

While Taipei is a long flight away, you can try making this Taiwanese-style clams at the comfort of your home. And yes, wash them down with a glass of cold beer, if you like.

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  1. Iron Cook Carl

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  2. I miss their NT$100 dishes too. It’s been quite a long time after the last trip to Taiwan. I have to cook Taiwanese-style clams at home when I feel craving. Sometimes, I’d like to sprinkle a handful of Taiwanese basil to add a kick.

    The Hong Kong style clams are also fantastic. Basically, they are stir-fried with chili and black bean sauce. Have you tried them?

  3. DailyChef

    Taiwan is such a great food destination. The clams aren’t my favorite thing there – I’m really partial to the breakfast foods (soy milk, Chinese doughnuts, pastries) – but the clams are still quite tasty!

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  5. My first time to comment!
    I’ve been following your recipes for a long time now. And every recipe I followed turned out delicious!
    It’s great to see a recipe site that is not mostly ‘bake-on-oven’ type of foods.
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  6. This is the type of stir fries that makes me go weak in my knees hehe … the ginger-scallion combo has always been my favourite. I must look out for these “manila clams” next time, the lala clams at my supermarket are always so small.

  7. well usually here in M’sia, most of the clams are spicy (Kam Heong or Kong Pou style)… Sometimes I cook them with beer, garlic and chopped coriander over the bbq pit in a sealed aluminium foil.

  8. Billy

    like tigerfish mentioned, Taiwanese really love using basil in their dishes. I’ve had this dish before very often(but with the addition of Taiwanese basil)… Just wanted to point out if you added some basil to this dish, for those who want to try cooking it, it is also quite nice ^_^

  9. Natalie

    Looking at this recipe brings back great memories of Taiwan and that fresh briny flavor – can’t wait to try it out! If I want to make a full meal of it, do you have any recommendations for what to serve alongside the clams? I have a feeling this and rice wouldn’t be enough…

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