Malaysian Food Blog, Travel, Diving & More

Continuing with another cooking recipe since we’ve been actively cooking more at the new house, here’s how I made my version of clams with superior soup, a pretty traditional style of making clam that is pretty simple and yet tastes mighty good so long as the clams are juicy and fresh.

You can use lala or clams for this, do make sure they’re fresh and alive. Soak the clams in salt water for at least an hour or so to let it “spit out” any mud/sand, then rinse them thoroughly before cooking.

fresh clams, and the ingredients for superior soup
fresh clams, and the ingredients for superior soup


  • 1kg clams
  • 3-4 pieces of tongkuai
  • few small pieces of dried scallops
  • 2 teaspoon wolf berries
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic
  • 5-6 slices of ginger
  • 5-6 chili padi
  • 2-3 cups water or soup stock
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

soup cooked separately, then fry the garlic, ginger & chili first
soup cooked separately, then fry the garlic, ginger & chili first

Cooking instructions:

  • boil water with tongkwai, wolfberry, and dried scallops, use soup stock if available
  • heat up cooking oil and fry garlic, ginger, and chili padi till fragrant
  • add clams and fry for a minute
  • add above prepared “soup”, and boil till all clams are opened
  • add some salt for seasoning

While the above pictures look pretty nice, the dish was a bit of a failure due to the clams we bought being not particularly fresh, I cannot stress enough that you really need good quality clam for this dish.

Happy cooking!

Discuss : KY cooks – Clams with Superior Soup

  1. I bought once those clams at pasar malam and cooked it with pasta, ya pasta alle vongole 😛

  2. KY, clams soup is one I found easy to make and in Taiwan most popular. Not sure what kind of greens is use in making with it but I like spinach .

    • Vickie: spinach is a good choice I think, I used to make a lot of spinach soup when I was in the states.

  3. I can imagine how sweet the soup is. Slurpssss!!!!

  4. this makes me curious about how to evaluate whether the clams are fresh while buying them, ya…

  5. Looks delicious. I’ve never used ginger before… well, not in its raw form. I hope it’ll turn out as great as the picture looks.

  6. Simon Teoh

    I tried this recipe, it was delicious. Exactly what i taste when going out to eat in a nice restaurant. I added hua tiao jiu to this recipe and it taste even better 🙂 Just my 2 cents

Reply to Simon Teoh

Hi, I'm and my email is . Please link my name back to my website .