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Big belly fried clams

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Big belly fried clams

Pat Hammond | Aug 16, 2006 04:56 PM

A post on the New England board, got me wondering. I've grown up on fried clams, from Maine and Massachusetts. I never heard the term "big belly" clams, untl fairly recently. Clam strips, as something you'd eat on purpose, didn't exist when I was a kid. I know you can order "clam strips" which is just a part of the clam, sans its stomach. I prefer the whole clam. So, does "big belly" refer to just whole clams, as opposed to "no belly", i.e. clam strips? Or does it refer to the size of the whole clam that's being used?

Here's the post, that got me going, by Karl S.:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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