|3 pounds||Small clams in shells (about 48); scrubbed|
|6 ounces||Somen (wheat flour noodles); uncooked|
|1 teaspoon||Vegetable oil|
|1 teaspoon||Crushed red pepper|
|8||Cloves garlic; thinly sliced|
|8||Green onions; cut in 2" pieces|
|¾ cup||Mirin; (sweet rice wine)|
|1 cup||Thinly sliced fresh basil|
|2 tablespoons||Fish sauce|
1. Place clams in a large bowl; cover with cold water. Sprinkle with cornmeal; let stand 30 minutes. Drain; rinse.
2. Cook the somen in boiling water 5 minutes; drain. Rinse under cold water. Drain; set aside.
3. Heat oil in a large Dutch Oven over medium-high heat. Add pepper, garlic, and green onions; stir-fry 30 seconds. Add 1½ cups water and mirin; bring to a boil. Add clams; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes or until clams open. Discard any unopened shells. Stir in basil and fish sauce; cook 1 additional mixture.
4. Spoon ½ cup noodles into each of 6 bowls; top each with ¾ cup cooking liquid and 8 clams in shells.
Yield: 6 servings.
Notes: Cooked angel hair pasta can be used in place of the somen noodles, if desired. The substantial quantity of mirin makes this dish surprisingly sweet.
Recipe by: Cooking Light Magazine, March 1997, page 117 Posted to EAT-LF Digest by aml@... on Nov 05, 1999, converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.
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