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Hamaguri Clam Clear Broth Soup (for your child's first meal celebration)

Hamaguri Clam Clear Broth Soup (for your child's first meal celebration)

I made my baby's okuizome meal (baby's symbolic first meal) filled with the hope that he will never go hungry...
Try this for your baby's special day!

Ingredients: 4 servings

Clams
8
Mitsuba
1 bunch
Dried wheat gluten (plum blossom-shaped)
8
Sake
50 ml
Bonito flakes
a small handful
Kombu
5 cm square
Salt
1/2 teaspoon
Soy sauce
2 teaspoons
Water
600 ml

Steps

1. Bundle 3 mitsuba stems together and loosely tie together.
2. Re-hydrate the dried wheat gluten.
3. Wash the clams well to degrit.
4. Place the clams in a small frying pan and cover with the sake. Turn on the heat and cover with a lid. When it begins to boil, shake the pan several times, and allow the shells to open.
5. Put the kombu and the water into a pot and turn on the heat. Once boiling, lower the heat to low and add the bonito flakes. When it begins to boil again, stop the heat and strain.
6. Pour the dashi from Step 5 onto the clams from Step 4 and season with salt and soy sauce.
7. Put the clams, dried wheat gluten, and mitsuba into a small bowl. Pour the juices from Step 4 over them.
8. If you have any clams leftover, you can use them to make clam chowder (Recipe ID: 1095523).

Story Behind this Recipe

I prepared these hamaguri clams the same way I would if I was making clam chowder!!