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Taiwanese-style Clams (台式炒蛤蜊)


Taiwanese-style Clams Recipe (台式炒蛤蜊)

1 1/2 lbs. Manila clams
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 inch ginger (peeled and cut into thin strips)
1 1/2 fresh red chilies (seeded and sliced into pieces)
2 stalks scallion (cut into 2-inch lengths)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon rice wine
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons cooking oil


Clean and scrub the shell of the clams thoroughly. Rinse with cold water and drain.

Heat up a wok and add the cooking oil. When the cooking oil is very hot, add garlic and ginger and stir-fry until aromatic, and then follow by the red chilies and do a few quick stirs. Add the clams into the wok and stir a few times and cover with the wok’s lid. When the clams start to open up, add all the seasonings into the wok. Cover the lid again until most clams are open. Add the chopped scallions into the wok, do a few quick stirs, dish out and serve immediately.

Cook’s Note:

There are many “species” of clams in Asia. You can use any of your favorite clams to make this dish.

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23 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Iron Cook Carl

    I’m happy to see you have a deal to write a cookbook. That is such a blessing. This is my first visit to your site and I plan on staying for awhile. I’m in the process of writing an article on the differences between different Asian cuisines. Great site!

  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.
    More power to your site and your upcoming book :)

  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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