If you are my avid blog reader, you should know that I loved to watch healthy Chinese cooking shows from Taiwan. And clams have always been brought up as a healthy food to eat. It is high in vitamins and minerals especially B12 (prevents Alzheimer disease) , iron (prevents anemia) and selenium (helps fight arthritis), protein, manganese, Vit. C, copper, riboflavin, zinc, and potassium. You can read more about the health benefits here.
Since the clam meats that I bought were frozen and cooked, I made a pasta dish with it. If I have some fresh and live clams, I would cook Kam Heong clam/ lala or steam it with homemade sweet rice wine with gingers and scallion.
Anyway, I read that wild clams or any seafood might have some mercury in it, so I paired it with cilantro! Oh yes, as cilantro can remove heavy metal like mercury from the body through elimination process. Hence, it's a great idea to pair cilantro with any seafood that you cook.
1 pkt of angel hair pasta (12-15oz)
1 (10oz) clam meat
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. dried chili flakes (more if you like it spicier)
1 large tomato, chopped
1 bowl of chopped broccoli, about 1.5 cup
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
Sea salt to taste
Pepper medley to taste
1. Cook angel hair pasta as package instruction, drain in cold water and set aside.
2. Heat your sautepan, when hot, add in extra virgin olive oil and shallots. Saute for a little bit, add in garlic, then broccoli. Stir for a little while. Add in tomato and chili flakes. Mix well.
3. Add 1 Tbsp. of butter and then the clams, mix well. Add in pasta and the last 1 Tbsp. of butter. Stir to mix well.
4. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper medley. Lastly in add in cilantro. Switch off the fire and give it a light toss. Serve on a plate.
This is the frozen clam meat that I bought