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Direct from a Chef! Clam Seasoned Rice for Girl's Day Festival

Direct from a Chef! Clam Seasoned Rice for Girl's Day Festival

Hinsmatsuri (Girl's Day or Doll Festival, March 3rd) is associated with surf clams right?! How about some intensely clam-flavored rice? The rice is packed with umami and so tasty!

Ingredients: 3-4 servings

Uncooked white rice
2 rice cooker cups (360 ml)
Hamaguri (surf) clams
500 g
○Water
200 ml
○Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
○Mentsuyu
1 tablespoon
○Sake
2 tablespoons
○Mirin
2 tablespoons
○Ginger
1 piece
Kombu for dashi stock
10 cm (optional)

Steps

1. There are always clams around when celebrating Doll's Festival right? If they're about the size of a 500 yen coin and you use 20 clams, then it'll be about 500 g. Scrub and wash them.
2. Soak in salted water for about 20 minutes to de-sand.
3. Wash the rice and drain in a strainer.
4. Wash the clams one more time. Combine with the ○ ingredients and add to a pot. Mince or julienne the ginger.
5. Turn on the heat until all the clams have opened up. Skim off the scum.
6. Remove the clams.
7. You can choose to remove the shells or not. I always remove them.
8. This is the leftover dashi stock from simmering the clams.
9. It's best if you filter the dashi stock at least once. This is the most important point! Don't use the dashi stock while it's hot! If you use it when it's hot, the rice won't cook through.
10. Add the rice and the room temperature ○ mixture into the rice cooker. Fill with water until the liquid reaches the 2 rice cup mark. If you have it, add the kombu. Then switch it on!
11. It finished cookingggg!! It smells soooo good!
12. When the rice cooker is done, add the clams and steam.
13. Discard the kombu and stir the rice.
14. The rice is slightly scorched at the bottom, which is delicious.
15. Transfer to serving dishes and it's done. It looks great garnished with mitsuba.
16. See also "Straight From A Chef, Clam Broth Soup!" Recipe ID: 1715084.

Story Behind this Recipe

I made this for the Doll's Festival (Hina Matsuri).