2 Apr 07
Clams are bivalve mollusks, soft-bodied animals that live in shells. Manila clams are good steamed or raw. Quality clams are easy to recognize. Fresh clams smell clean, like the ocean. The shells of most live clams are tightly closed. Some clams with protruding siphons cannot close up when out of the water, but the siphon should pull in somewhat when touched. Most clams available commercially have been cleaned, but if you dig your own, you must remove the sand and grit from inside the shell. Either use salt water or make enough saltwater brine (1 cup of salt per 3 quarts of water) to cover clams. Soak clams in salt water in the refrigerator several hours or overnight. Happy eating my friend!
30 Mar 07
This is what Clam stated in the dictionary: large shellfish with a hinged shell, many of which are edible. There is also a kind of clam that is quite familiar to me. During my childhood, my friends and I used to hunt clams in a lotus pond nearby. These clams are edible and are sold in the local wet market. It’s said that the soft flesh is quite delicious after cooked especially curry clam cooked with various vegetables.