Saw these sea clams at the wet market last Sunday and bought home some , thinking of stir frying them with hot and spicy style ( Wild Boar's favourite ) but unfortunately, I have none of the ingredients at home for it...my fermented beans and chilli paste were out of stock..rummaged the fridge and could not find what I wanted except some chinese herbs. So this
dare to be adventurous creative Momsie shrugged her shoulders and say " why not cook them in herbal wine soup ??? " the Wild Boar can oinks all he wants , who cares ! :p Just eat what is served at the table LOL! And surpringsly he slurped all the soup down for it was flavorful with the aromatic wine and the herbs plus the sweetness from the clams :)) Simple to prepare and it tastes good too !
Seriously this is good, the clams were fresh and thus the wine infused soup turned out sweet and plus the fragrant of the chinese herbs....mmmm...one word Heavenly ! I will definitely cook this again :)
Chinese Herbal Wine Clam Soup
600gm fresh sea clams
1/2 tbsp of wolfberries
8 pieces red dates
8 pieces' yoke chok ' / soloman's seal herb
1/2 cup chinese cooking wine
4 1/2 cups water
a pinch of sea salt to taste
Boil 4 cups of water in a claypot together with the wolfberries, red dates and 'yoke chok' , once it boils, simmer for 3/4 hour under medium low heat . When the soup base is ready , add in the fresh clams and cook for 6 -8 minutes till the clams shells are all open. Add in salt to taste and pour in the chinese wine. Let is simmer for 1 minute. Off the heat and serve hot.
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