Saturday, February 14, 2009
OOO LA LA! - CLAM SOUP
This is seriously called lala in Malay. A pretty and dainty shell fish cooked in a way that anyone could do blind-folded. The simple way in which it is made into a soup brings out it's sweet delicate flavour without it being overwhelmed by hot chillies and spicy sambals that are so typical of Malay cooking.
This is so easy to do that you don't need a recipe..
'Lala' clams - as much or as little as you like
1 or 2 stalks lemon grass, the bulbous part bruised with a pestle
3 -4 slices of ginger or more if you're making a huge pot of it
1/2 a red chillie , chopped
Wash and rinse the clams at least 3 times to rid it of sand or grit. Fill a pot with water that is enough to just cover the clams. Bring it to a boil. Put in the clams, the lemon grass, ginger and add salt and bring to a boil and then let it simmer. It will cook in no time. Probably 7-8 minutes.
When done sprinkle with chopped chillies, taste for salt and serve with white rice. Slurp and fiddle.