Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Savory Clams With Basil/ 'Yee Heong' Lala

Saw these big sea clams at the fishmonger when I went fish shopping at the Canning Market.  Needless to say, I could never resist them when they look so succulent and fresh. Bought a kilogram back @RM15 ( pricey but who cares, empty the wallet first and scratch the head later LOL!  We had a day off yesterday for the Buddhists to celebrate Wesak Day , so this Momsie and Wild Boar had a sinful day eating clams and crabs :p   Come join me and have a virtual feasting of this mouth-watering dish - Savory Clams With Basil/'Yee Heong Lala - inspired by Lily of Lily's Wai Sek Hong .

Lily has a good collection of homecooked recipes that I have KIV and added to my to do list :)  I wanted to try out her Kam Heong Clams but since I have a lot of basil in the fridge, I decided to tweak it andused them in place of the curry leaves..thus mine had the basil fragrant instead  :p It turned out great. It was lovely and the natural sweetness of the clams was heavenly...meaty and succulent coated with the savory basil gravy...mama mia  ! it was finger lickin' good !  Lily ,thank you so much for sharing this homecooked clam recipe.  I can't wait for my Piggies to be back to cook this again. A keeper for sure and if you are thinking of cooking clams a different style, do try this, you will never regret it :)

fresh clams...meaty and succulent @ RM15/kilo

this seasoning combo is magic for this 
mouth-watering dish

these ingredients added extra oomph to the dish-
the basil and the dried shrimps are the culprits
for making this dish to die for

the thick flavorful gravy coated the clams
and makes it finger lickin' good

Savory Clams With Basil / 'Yee Heong Lala  ( adapted from Lily's Wai Sek Hong - 'Kam Heong' Clams )


1 lb clams - if fresh - soak in salt water for 1 hr and drain dry - if frozen, do not thaw
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp dried prawns, soaked
2 tbsp curry leaves   * I used basil leaves
10 shallots, chopped
5 chilli padi/red jalepeno chopped

Seasoning :

1/2 tsp taucheong/mein see/fermented soya bean paste  * I omitted this
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp light soya sauce
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp dark soya sauce
dash of chicken stock granules  * I omitted this
Cornstarch and water for thickening

Heat 2 tbsp oil and saute dried prawns until fragrant.
Add in curry leaves, shallots, chilli padi and stir-fry until aromatic.
Add in the clams/la la, seasonings and stir fry at high heat until well mixed.
Cover with a lid, cook for 2 minutes until clams/la la are opened.
Thicken with corn flour and water, mix well and dish up.

Enjoy and have a fun filled day !
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  1. Woah, clams with basil sounds really mouthwatering.
    Huge clams are even better.

  2. i have a lot of basil in my garden, next time must cook this way when i can some fresh clams, yours look so yummy!

  3. I just had some cockers last weekend. I'm surprised that cockers are much cleaner. This kam heong clam looks really mouthwatering as well.
    Hope you're having a lovely evening.
    Cheers, Kristy
    p/s thank you very much for passing the lovely award to me. Really appreciate it. Will try my best to post it.

  4. Yum! THIS, I like! Drool! LOL!!!

  5. Such an appetizing dish. This goes well with rice. I hardly buy this type of clams. They are too expensive :)

  6. Yummy! Thanks so much for sharing. I love a great seafood recipe!

  7. elin

    thanks for visiting my blog. i love your blog too

  8. This makes me feel so hungry! The thick gravy in it looks very tasty too.

  9. now i can see type of clams that you were talking about. i usually refer them as the thin shell ones..RM15/kilo, expensive! but never mind, still cheaper than eat outside. Yummy!

  10. Wendy...yesss u must try, it is great LOL! I love it!

    Sonia....awww u must cook with the basil then since u have so much of it in your gardne :) No regrets I assure you !

    Kristy...yee heong more like it hahaha you too have a great day :) You are welcome to the award. Don't worry take your time...just want you to know that you are a great versatile blogger and you deserve the award! * wink

    Arthur...hahaha you try cook the clams with basil, you will love it too !

    Gertrude....awww come back to Malaysia and eat till you drop then :) Here it is pricey too but at least they are fresh :)

    Safire... you are welcome :)

    Lilyng...I love your blog and I go there for reference :))) salivating already :p

    Lena...yup slightly expensive but you know la Canning Market are for the rich people . I have no choice coz that is the nearest wet market :p Too lazy to venture to town market. There it is slightly cheaper but think of the petrol, Canning market price is still affordable :)


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