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Clams Miso Soup

To the basic miso soup, fresh clams are added and simmered just until the shells open.

The base for miso soup is dashi, made by simmering kelp (an edible seaweed) and shavings of bonito (skipjack tuna), and straining the liquid. The unusual flavor has come to be known as umami or the “fifth flavor.”

Now, imagine umami combined with the distinct flavor of clams.

Clams Miso Soup Recipe

In the Philippines, clams are easily available in most wet markets at any time of the year. For those living in countries where fresh clams are hard to come by, you can use canned — just remember to include the juices in the soup.

Clams Miso Soup Recipe

Clams Miso Soup

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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Soaking time for the clams: 6 hours
Servings: 6 people
Author: Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

  • 500 grams fresh clams
  • 6 cups dashi or dissolve 2 to 3 tablespoons dashi granules in 6 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons miso paste
  • 6 tablespoons finely sliced scallions

Instructions

  • Soak the clams in water for about six hours, changing the water every two hours or so, to expel the sand inside the shells. Drain and rinse several times until the liquid is clear and free from traces of sand.
  • Heat the dashi in a pot.
  • Ladle half a cup of hot dashi into a bowl and stir in the miso paste until free from lumps.
  • When the dashi is simmering, add the cleaned clams and cook just until the shells open.
  • Off the heat, stir in the miso and scallions.
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I travel to eat, drink and learn new cuisines. Between trips, I write travel stories and share travel-inspired recipes. That is my idea of retirement with purpose.

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