Today's recipe is for a classic shellfish dish, clams served in a spicy black bean sauce.
Easy to make but truly delicious.
By combining this recipe with any of the others linked below you have everything you need to produce your very own Chinese banquet for Chinese New Year at home.
Clams in Black Bean SauceServes: 4
Ingredients:900g (2 lbs) small clams
1 tbsp groundnut oil
1 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp garlic, very finely chopped
1 tbsp fermented black beans, rinsed and coarsely chopped
2 tsp Shaoxing rice wine (or dry sherry)
1 tsp spring onions, finely chopped
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
Method:Wash and scrub the clams thoroughly then place in a large bowl of fresh water to soak until needed.
Pre-heat you wok then add the oil and use to stir-fry the ginger and garlic for a minute, or until aromatic. Add the black beans and cook for 1 minute more.
Drain the clams, add to the wok with the rice wine and stir-fry over high heat for 2 minutes. Cover the wok and cook for 3 minutes more then add the spring onions and season to taste with salt.
Below are some other classic Chinese recipes on this blog that you can use in conjunction with this recipe to produce a complete Chinese meal or banquet:
Fish and Seafood Dishes:
Stir-fried Scallops with Asparagus
Clams in Black Bean Sauce
Chinese Vegetable and Coconut Curry
Szechuan Fried Aubergine (Vegetarian)
Seafood Chow Mein (Seafood)