This is my version of a dish I tried at a few seafood restaurants. It’s fairly simple to prepare, and it can be eaten with fries or rice. You can always replace clams with mussels or other shellfish!
Lala Clams (These are the cheaper clams that you can find in almost all supermarkets; If you have spare cash, feel free to buy Asari clams, which are much sweeter!)
Minced/Chopped Garlic, Onions (half an onion), Ginger (just a little will do)
Butter, Soy Sauce, Rice Wine (If you have White or Red wine, feel free to use it), Sugar
1) My mother taught me this process of “cleansing” the clams: Soak the clams in salt water; if the clams are fresh, they will open up after 10+ minutes and start “spitting” out gunk. Be sure to scrub the shells to remove any substances stuck on the clams.
2) Mince the garlic, onions, and ginger
1) Saute the garlic, onions, and ginger in butter (a substantial amount) over medium heat. Add the clams, soy sauce, wine and some water. Stir evenly and use the lid to cover the pan. Adjust to low heat and cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally.
2) Once the clams open up, it indicates that they are cooked. If they do not open up even after a long period of cooking, there is a possibility that the clam is not fresh. Hence, after cooking for around 5-7 mins, discard any unopened clams. Serve the dish with rice or fries (using the superb garlic sauce as a dip).
*Just for general knowledge, clams release its juices when it opens up during cooking. This makes the clam stock extremely sweet and unique 🙂