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Miso Soup With Manila Clams

West Coast Manila clams are small, tender clams that cook very quickly. You'll find the clams at fish markets.

Type: Fish, Shellfish
Courses: Soup
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

2 lbs 908g / 32ozManila clams
5 1/2 cups 1303mlWater - divided
1 tablespoon 15mlDashi
  = (instant Japanese soup base)
2 tablespoons 30mlWhite miso
1 tablespoon 15mlSnipped chives
  Daikon curls - for garnish
  Chives - for garnish

Recipe Instructions

Scrub the clams under running water with a small brush to remove any sand or dirt. If the shell is already open and doesn't close when tapped, throw the clam away. It's probably dead and could be contaminated.

Place the clams in a large saucepan and add 1 1/2 cups of the water. Cover the pot and heat over high heat until the water is boiling and steam comes from the pot. When cooking the clams, most of them will open as the water begins to boil. Quickly remove them from the saucepan to prevent overcooking, which results in tough clams. Turn off the heat. At this point the clams should be open. If they are not open, continue to cook another minute or so until they open.

Remove the clams from the broth. Strain the broth through a cheesecloth and measure 1 cup for the soup. Use the remaining broth for another recipe or freeze for future use.

Combine the remaining 4 cups of water and the dashi in a saucepan and heat to boiling. Stir in the reserved 1 cup of clam broth and miso until blended.

Divide the clams among 4 shallow serving bowls. Pour the broth over them, dividing evenly. Sprinkle each serving with the snipped chives. Garnish with a daikon curl (To make daikon curls, use a vegetable peeler to shave a daikon) and a few chives.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Each serving: 88 calories; 796 mg sodium; 28 mg cholesterol; 1 gram fat; 0 saturated fat; 6 grams carbohydrates; 12 grams protein; 0.49 gram fiber.

The Los Angeles Times, 03-13-2002


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