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Steamed Razor Clams with Ginger (Ốc Hấp Gừng)

Thanks to a friend, I found a small seafood store in the heart of Oakland Chinatown that will now be my go-to store for all my seafood needs. I stumbled onto razor clams that were still so very alive and fresh. I bought 3 lbs of live razor clams, and was giddy with anticipation on what I'll do with them once I get home. I wanted something simple that wouldn't mask the taste of my fresh seafood. Steamed Razor Clams with Ginger (Ốc Hấp Gừng) is what I came up with.

Steamed Razor Clams with Ginger

Steamed Razor Clams with Ginger

Steamed Razor Clams with Ginger (Ốc Hấp Gừng)

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Soak the clams in salted water for at least 15 minutes. Scrub and rinse thoroughly.
  • Lightly smash ginger with a large mallet to release flavor.
  • Steam the clams with the smashed ginger until shells open up.
  • Combine scallions and vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Brush scallion oil onto the steamed clams. 
  • Serve clams with Vietnamese fish sauce dipping sauce.
Live razor clams

Live razor clams

It looks like they are sticking their tongues out at you

It looks like they are sticking their tongues out at you