Chilled Clams with Delicious Dressing

Dressing: Spring Onions, Cucumber and Sesame Oil Dressing


Enough for 6


  • Garlic, finely chopped 1 clove
  • Long red chilli, seeded and chopped 1
  • Ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 (3cm)
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Light soy sauce 150ml
  • Mirin 2 tbsp
  • Rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp


  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Tuatua / Clams


  • Large Tuatua, closed 12
  • Mirin 80ml
  • White sugar 1 tsp
  • Small cucumber 1
  • Spring onions, finely sliced 6
  • Toasted sesame oil 1 1/2 tsp


  1. Shuck the tuatua open, discarding the empty half. Reserve the tuatua in the other half, and place into a steamer basket.
  2. Combine the mirin with the sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Moisten each tuatua with a little of the mix and steam for 2 minutes, transferring the cooked tuatua into the refrigerator.
  4. Peel the cucumber into long stripes and cut into a fine julienne.


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