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Monday, August 01, 2011

Lemongrass Clam Soup (Halaan sa Tanglad)

Lemongrass Clam Soup

Having a tasty lemongrass clam soup is so comforting in a rainy day like this. 
Some just simply put ginger in cooking clam soup. But adding lemongrass makes the soup superb.
Lemongrass, locally known as tanglad,  not just gives a zesty lemon flavor but a long list of health benefits. 
It has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can be a remedy for fever and colds. It helps detoxify liver, pancreas, bladder and digestive system. It contains anti-oxidant which scientists believes help cure cancer. 
And many more to mention...
Isn't it nice if you have a lemongrass herb in your home? 

Now, let's have the recipe for the soup. Simple, fast and easy...

1 kilo clams
2 stalks lemongrass 
1 thumbsized ginger, crushed
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
chili leaves
4 cups water
fish sauce, to taste
1/8 tsp ground black peppercorn
2 tbsp cooking oil

  • Wash clams. Drain.Set aside
  • In a pot, heat oil, saute ginger, onions, garlic and tomatoes.
  • Toss in clams, then water. 
  • Pound the white part of the stalk of lemongrass, then tie or knot the stalk. 
  • Add the lemongrass. Season with fish sauce and ground peppercorn
  • Cover and simmer for about 5minutes. Turn off the heat, then add the chili leaves.
  • Serve hot. Enjoy!

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wok with ray said...

You are right! Traditionally, it's just ginger when they cook this soup but adding lemon grass is a great idea and really will enhance the flavor. Bonus is the health benefit of the ingredient. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

~ ray ~

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! Looks so good, love the look of it, such a comfort food. Thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook :)

purabi naha said...

Margarita, another superb dish! That's really good, dear! I must tell you that this is really sounding a great dish to try out in my kitchen...Loved the way you cook. Way to go!!
(hey, I have a filipina helper now who cooks amazing chicken Adobo. I showed her your blog and she's so happy to see all her familiar dishes here!)

Concetta said...

I am so happy you stopped by to visit my blog - Concetta's Cafe. Thank you for following - I am following you too!
This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I love the name of your site! Please come by again soon!

Anonymous said...

We have a lot of tanglad at the backyard :) It's a nice way to boost the flavor of halaan, we add this too instead of ginger when cooking shellfish because my brothers are so picky.

Thanks for dropping your link at the Weekday Potluck!

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