This month, Too Many Chefs challenged us with the theme of "Make it in 30 minutes" for IMBB. I must admit, I almost forgot about the IMBB event until the last minute plus I was really so busy the whole weekend. I only managed to get this cooked on Sunday night but wow, it blew me away on how absolutely tasty and easy it was to make it.
This dish is pretty popular in local seafood restaurants where the serve the clams in a soupy broth. Some versions have more Chinese herbs in it making the broth more flavourful. I used medlar seeds (kei chi in Chinese) which is said to help improve one's eyesight. For the chicken stock, you can use pre-made chicken stock (I usually keep some in the freezer for cooking purposes) or just any instant stock will do. Just make sure it's the MSG free type as you don't want to be thirsty the whole night from the MSG after effects. Hope you'll try it at home as it's really simple to whip a large plate of clams whenever you have the urge to eat some seafood.
I didn't keep a timesheet but I did take shortcuts such as boiling the water ahead in an electric kettle while I kept a pot with some water to heat on my cooking hob. The cooking of the clams was also done simultaneously with slicing the ginger shreds to cut down time.
Clams in Shaoxing Wine Soup
300 gram clams
20 gram medlar seeds (kei chi)
30 gram shredded young ginger
6 tbsp Shaoxing Wine
700 ml chicken stock
Salt and pepper
Blanch the clams in boiling water, remove and rinse to get rid of the fishy smell (if any). Set aside.
Heat up two tablespoons of oil in a wok and fry the shredded ginger until fragrant. Pour in the chicken stock, medlar seeds and salt and pepper according to your taste. Leave it to boil, then turn down the heat to allow it to simmer for about five minutes. Add in the clams and cook it on high heat for a while until they open. Before dishing up, add the Shaoxing wine and mix. Serve piping hot.
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