Mother-in-law clams

October 3, 2011 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)

Mother-in-law clams

Serves: 4


  • 15ml (1 tbsp) oil, for frying
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
  • 800g whole clams, cleaned
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) Thai chilli paste with soy bean oil
  • 5ml (1 tsp) ground bean paste
  • 125ml (½ cup) water
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) light soy sauce
  • 60ml (¼ cup) oyster sauce
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) white sugar
  • handful fresh basil leaves



 Heat the oil in a wok over high heat. Add the garlic and stir for a few seconds, then add the chilli, clams,chilli paste, bean paste and water. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously. Once it boils, cover the wok with a lid, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 minute.


Open the lid and add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and basil. Stir-fry until boiling and fragrant. Serve hot.


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