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Hearty Manila Clam Rice

Hearty Manila Clam Rice

Manila clam rice cooked in the rich broth from the clams.
It is no wonder that it's absolutely delicious!

Ingredients: 4 rice cooker cups worth

Manila clams
600 g (with shells)
Rice
4 rice cooker cups (about 720 ml)
Sake
100 ml
Soy sauce
3 tablespoons
Mirin
1 tablespoon
Sesame oil
1 tablespoon
Burdock root
1/2
Carrot
1/4
Aburaage
1
Shredded nori seaweed, red pickled ginger
to taste

Steps

1. Clean the manila clams by rubbing their shells together, and wash them well. The shells may break if you rub them together too hard, so be gentle with them.
2. De-gritting the clams. Pour 3 % salt water (30 g of salt for 1 liter of water) into a shallow container, spread the clams as much as possible so that they don't overlap, and leave them for 1 hour.
3. Shave the burdock root, soak in vinegar water, then drain well.
4. Cut the carrot into thin strips. Set 5-6 of the smaller clams aside to cook with the rice.
5. Wash the rice well, and drain in a sieve.
6. Steam the clams with sake. Heat 100 ml of sake in a pot, and bring it to a boil to evaporate the alcohol. Add the cleaned clams.
7. Transfer to a shallow container as the clams open. The clams won't taste good if you overcook them, so transfer to the container as soon as they open.
8. When cooled, remove the meat from the shells of 2/3 of the clams. Set the broth from the clams aside for later use.
9. Pour the sesame oil into a frying pan, and stir-fry the burdock root and carrot. When they are cooked through, add the aburaage, soy sauce, and mirin, and simmer for 2 minutes over medium heat.
10. Put the rice into a rice cooker, and add the clams that you have set aside in Step 4 on top. Add the broth from Step 8.
11. Add the burdock root, carrot and aburaage on top, and add water as you would normally to cook the rice.
12. When the rice is cooked, add the clam meat from Step 8, and stir to combine. Close the lid and let steam for 2 minutes, and it's done.
13. Garnish with shredded nori and beni-shouga to finish!
14. It's best to de-grit the clams overnight. Refer to Recipe ID: 1115447 for de-gritting and de-salting the clams.

Story Behind this Recipe

I made clam rice with seasonal manila clams!