Most Malaysians love clams, especially those stir-fried with a spicy chili paste.
I love clams; I grew up eating all sort of clams as my late mother would buy clams from the market and cooked them into a variety of delectable dishes, such as chili clams.
(Check out my chili crab recipes here and here.)
One of my favorite childhood memories was the many clam digging picnics with my late parents, at the beaches in Penang, and Kedah—my mother’s seaside hometown.
Whenever we went to a beach, we would dig up the sands in search of clams, or siput.
We would spend hours until we harvested enough clams for dinner, I was always so excited whenever we went to the beach.
The few years when I was in the midwest of America, I was constantly craving for fresh clams.
But alas, there were never any live clams at the markets there, due to the cold weather.
Once in a while, our local Chinese restaurants would get some clams, but most of the times, the clams were stale and they were simply horrendous to eat.
I am so blessed that I am now in the west coast where fresh and live clams are always available at Asian stores, and I can have my fix of chili clams whenever I like.
The briny and sweet flavours of clams pair perfectly with the spicy chilli and bean sauce in this chili clams recipe.
Please take note that each clam will cook at a different time, so as soon as the shell opens up, remove from the heat immediately.
If the clams don’t open up, they are probably bad and should be discarded.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 101 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
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- 1 1/4 lbs. clams (scrubbed and rinsed)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 stalks scallions (cut into short lengths)
- 5 dried red chillies (deseeded, or 2 fresh red chilies)
- 1/2- inch fresh ginger, peeled
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon bean sauce (taucheo)
- Pound the spice paste using a mortar and pestle or grind with a food processor. Set aside.
- Heat up the cooking oil in a wok. Add the spice paste and stir-fry until aromatic.
- Add the clams into the wok and blend well with the spice paste.
- Add the water and sugar and stir continuously. Add the scallions.
- As the clams open up, transfer each and everyone of them out into a serving ware as they open. Clams don't cook at the same time, so do not overcook the ones which has opened up or it will turn rubbery.
- If there are any un-opened clams, discard. Serve the chili clams immediately with steamed white rice.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
Hey!just wondering if there is anything i could use to replace bean sauce or can i just go without it?
oh! sorry just saw your reply to aceancheta. I’ll add oyster sauce to taste. Love your recipes!
This was so yummy. I doubled the ingredients the second time so we could have more of the sambal/chilli paste ‘cos it was so finger-licking good. Thanks much for sharing! :)