Curry-Flavored Grilled Clams

Aside from having two successful food blogs and being an expert on all things Malaysian, Bee is a genuinely nice person whom I had the pleasure to meet a couple weeks ago. I’ve been a big fan of Rasa Malaysia since I first started blogging and her newest blog Nyonya Food is a growing compendium of tastes and traditions from her homeland. I was thrilled when she agreed to write a guest post, but I started drooling when she sent me a preview pic of the this dish.

A few weeks ago, I met Marc and the Zen of Zen Can Cook in New York City. We had so much fun and shared deep conversations about food, blogging and our dreams over a delicious yakitori dinner. After I came back, Marc invited me to guest post on No Recipes and I gladly said yes as Marc was kind enough to write a post on Rasa Malaysia a while back. So, this is my “payback” time! *wink*

For my guest post, I choose a classic Malaysia street food dish: curry-flavored grilled clams. I was born and raised in Penang, Malaysia– the food Mecca and the capital of street food in Malaysia, if not the region. Throngs of tourists from all over the world come to Penang for its legendary street food (known locally as “hawker food”)– hot dishes, snacks, and small bites sold by vendors at hawker centers, kopitiam (local coffee shops), or mobile pushcarts.

Grilled curry clams are often sold by ikan panggang (grilled fish) vendors. The setup is pretty basic: a big and hot flat griddle for grilling fish/seafood and a gas burner. The fresh bounty is displayed at the stall and diners pick their desired fish or seafood, and the vendor will then place the seafood on top of banana leaves and grill it on demand. The tempting aroma of burnt banana leaves and the smoky fragrance of cooked seafood are simply delectable and always set my mouth watering.

Now that I live in the United States, I would always recreate my favorite street food dishes whenever I have cravings. Making authentic Malaysian food in my tiny American kitchen has been quite challenging (my smoke alarm goes off every time I cook!), but I manage to make it work. I grilled these curry clams over my gas stove, using a deep pan (as pictured) or a flat griddle, and I have myself some scrumptious grilled curry clams in less than 30 minutes. The best part? You need only a few ingredients to make this dish.

Malaysian Curry Clams

1 1/2 lb. Manila clams
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 1/4 tablespoons seafood curry powder
1 tablespoon Malaysian Lingham’s hot sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce or to taste
A few sheets of fresh or frozen banana leaf (rinsed and wiped clean and dry with paper towels)

Rinse clams with cold water thoroughly, scrub the shells, drain the water, and set aside.

Heat up the pan on medium heat and add a little cooking oil to coat the surface. Lay the banana leaves on top of the pan. Add the remaining cooking oil onto the banana leaves, add clams into the pan and start stirring. As soon as the clams start to open, add curry powder, hot sauce, oyster sauce and stir well with the clams. Cover the pan with its lid and cook for a few minutes or until all clams are open.

Dish out and serve immediately.

Cook’s Note:

The banana leaves will be burnt when the clams are cooked, but that’s the essence of this dish as burnt banana leaves impart an impossibly earthy and tantalizing aroma to the clams.

  • http://wanderingfoodie.com/ WanderingFoodie

    I follow both you guys and never knew you were friends until now.

    I was talking to one of my chef friends recently about razor clams and how we loved them in Hong Kong, but you can’t get them in the northeast. Am I wrong? Any to be had in NYC?

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      Oh yeah, Marc and I are good blog friends. Not sure about Razor Clams in NYC, but once in a blue moon, I see them in SoCal but never buy them here.

  • http://wanderingfoodie.com WanderingFoodie

    I follow both you guys and never knew you were friends until now.

    I was talking to one of my chef friends recently about razor clams and how we loved them in Hong Kong, but you can’t get them in the northeast. Am I wrong? Any to be had in NYC?

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      Oh yeah, Marc and I are good blog friends. Not sure about Razor Clams in NYC, but once in a blue moon, I see them in SoCal but never buy them here.

  • http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/ lisaiscooking

    The clams look fantastic! I love grilling them outside over charcoal, and have to try using a banana leaf. The curry powder and hot sauce sound delicious too.

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      Lisa – yes, it will be best to grill outdoor but believe it when I say this, I don’t have an outdoor grill, and I am lazy to go to my club house.

  • http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/ lisaiscooking

    The clams look fantastic! I love grilling them outside over charcoal, and have to try using a banana leaf. The curry powder and hot sauce sound delicious too.

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      Lisa – yes, it will be best to grill outdoor but believe it when I say this, I don’t have an outdoor grill, and I am lazy to go to my club house.

  • http://stickygooeycreamychewy.com/ Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,C

    These clams look divine! And, so easy to prepare! Definitely a winner! :)

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      Susan – thanks. Yes, they were so good!

  • http://stickygooeycreamychewy.com Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    These clams look divine! And, so easy to prepare! Definitely a winner! :)

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      Susan – thanks. Yes, they were so good!

  • http://melaniemusings2.wordpress.com/ Melanie

    I love this recipe and I read all of you-nice guest blogging–

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      Thanks Melanie.

  • http://melaniemusings2.wordpress.com Melanie

    I love this recipe and I read all of you-nice guest blogging–

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      Thanks Melanie.

  • http://diaryofafanaticfoodie.com/ heather

    wow! those are gorgeous! my husband would love them!!

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      Feed him with some now. ;)

  • http://diaryofafanaticfoodie.com heather

    wow! those are gorgeous! my husband would love them!!

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      Feed him with some now. ;)

  • http://savorysweetlife.com/ alice

    I love Bee’s sites and yours..what a great post w/recipe and beautiful photos.

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      Alice, thanks!

  • http://savorysweetlife.com alice

    I love Bee’s sites and yours..what a great post w/recipe and beautiful photos.

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      Alice, thanks!

  • http://freshlocalandbest.blogspot.com/ FRESH LOCAL AND BEST

    Rasa Malaysia, This looks like a fabulously flavorful dish! I can empathize with your ordeal of cooking in a tiny kitchen. I sometimes wish I could break off that darn fire alarm with my baseball bat!

    Christine

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      Tell me about it. I am thinking to take the battery out of that darn smoke alarm by my kitchen. Sooooooooo annoooooooying.

  • http://freshlocalandbest.blogspot.com FRESH LOCAL AND BEST

    Rasa Malaysia, This looks like a fabulously flavorful dish! I can empathize with your ordeal of cooking in a tiny kitchen. I sometimes wish I could break off that darn fire alarm with my baseball bat!

    Christine

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      Tell me about it. I am thinking to take the battery out of that darn smoke alarm by my kitchen. Sooooooooo annoooooooying.

  • http://www.bigboldbeautifulfood.blogspot.com/ Ninette

    I bet you three had fun. Delicious recipe from Bea as always!

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      Yes, we had lots of fun hanging out. Wish the guys live in SoCal so I can taste their 24-course tasting menu…drool. ;)

  • http://www.bigboldbeautifulfood.blogspot.com Ninette

    I bet you three had fun. Delicious recipe from Bea as always!

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      Yes, we had lots of fun hanging out. Wish the guys live in SoCal so I can taste their 24-course tasting menu…drool. ;)

  • http://colloquialcooking.com/ Colloquial Cook

    My head is spinning :-) oooh clams! Curry! I wish I was still in NYC!

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      Can you not get clams where you are?

  • http://colloquialcooking.com Colloquial Cook

    My head is spinning :-) oooh clams! Curry! I wish I was still in NYC!

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      Can you not get clams where you are?

  • http://www.eatmytortes.com/ s

    I love clams! These seem perfect to make for everyone to nibble on at a party…yum yum :)

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      You are right, this makes a killer BBQ party dish, like how we do it back home in Malaysia.

  • http://www.eatmytortes.com s

    I love clams! These seem perfect to make for everyone to nibble on at a party…yum yum :)

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      You are right, this makes a killer BBQ party dish, like how we do it back home in Malaysia.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Nice guest post :) Those clams look gorgeous – I love the simplicity of the ingredients.

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      Laura – clams are very delicious and briny already so there is no reason to cover their natural sweetness with too many ingredients. The curry powder and hot sauce help to bring out the wonderful taste of clams.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Nice guest post :) Those clams look gorgeous – I love the simplicity of the ingredients.

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      Laura – clams are very delicious and briny already so there is no reason to cover their natural sweetness with too many ingredients. The curry powder and hot sauce help to bring out the wonderful taste of clams.

  • http://tummythoz.blogspot.com/ tummythoz

    Everything’s delicious when foodies collide.

    • http://rasamalaysia.com/ Rasa Malaysia

      Hey, didn’t expect to see you here! ;)

  • http://tummythoz.blogspot.com/ tummythoz

    Everything’s delicious when foodies collide.

    • http://rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

      Hey, didn’t expect to see you here! ;)

  • http://thesophisticatedgourmet.blogspot.com/ Kamran Siddiqi

    Bee, what a wonderful post! As for that fire alarm stuff… I have to admit that thing went down when we moved in a couple months ago. I know, I should have kept it up, but you must know how annoying that sound is… Worst part is- it speaks! Yes, the fire alarm in our kitchen speaks (well, since it’s down now- it spoke… Muahhaahahah!)…

  • http://thesophisticatedgourmet.blogspot.com Kamran Siddiqi

    Bee, what a wonderful post! As for that fire alarm stuff… I have to admit that thing went down when we moved in a couple months ago. I know, I should have kept it up, but you must know how annoying that sound is… Worst part is- it speaks! Yes, the fire alarm in our kitchen speaks (well, since it’s down now- it spoke… Muahhaahahah!)…

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com/ Syrie

    Gorgeous Bee! I love clams. Never tried them with a curry sauce though. I love the Thai curried crab so I know this would be gorgeous.

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com Syrie

    Gorgeous Bee! I love clams. Never tried them with a curry sauce though. I love the Thai curried crab so I know this would be gorgeous.

  • http://www.slim-shoppin.com/ Jenn@slim-shoppin

    Great recipe! It sounds wonderful. I would love to go where you grew up and see all the wonderful food vendors.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us and guest posting on Marc’s blog!

  • http://www.slim-shoppin.com Jenn@slim-shoppin

    Great recipe! It sounds wonderful. I would love to go where you grew up and see all the wonderful food vendors.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us and guest posting on Marc’s blog!

  • http://www.bitemekitchen.blogspot.com/ Rose

    WOW! Looks delicious! Curry & clams is something I’ve never had together :D

  • http://www.bitemekitchen.blogspot.com Rose

    WOW! Looks delicious! Curry & clams is something I’ve never had together :D

  • http://cheffresco.com/ Cheffresco

    Yum! I’ve never had curry clams!

  • http://cheffresco.com Cheffresco

    Yum! I’ve never had curry clams!

  • http://kitchenwizardmari.com/ Kitchen Wizard

    This looks great! I found that you are coming to Foodbuzz festival. Look forward to meeting you there!

  • http://kitchenwizardmari.com Kitchen Wizard

    This looks great! I found that you are coming to Foodbuzz festival. Look forward to meeting you there!

  • http://eataduckimust.blogspot.com/ Jared

    Alice and I had the opportunity to try this dish out in person 2 weeks ago in Lorong baru, Penang. The clams were stir fried with plenty of curry leaves and chili. Washing it down with a cold beer in an open air market sure was great. Looking at your pictures wish I was back in Penang.

  • http://eataduckimust.blogspot.com/ Jared

    Alice and I had the opportunity to try this dish out in person 2 weeks ago in Lorong baru, Penang. The clams were stir fried with plenty of curry leaves and chili. Washing it down with a cold beer in an open air market sure was great. Looking at your pictures wish I was back in Penang.

  • http://sassandveracity.com/ kellypea

    Love clams — haven’t tried them curry style. Drooling, of course.

  • http://sassandveracity.com kellypea

    Love clams — haven’t tried them curry style. Drooling, of course.

  • http://funfoodcook.wordpress.com/ Diem-TU

    I tried it, love the banana idea!

    Diem-Tu

  • http://funfoodcook.wordpress.com/ Diem-TU

    I tried it, love the banana idea!

    Diem-Tu

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