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Mom-Cooked Vietnamese: Part 3 (Clams with Rice Crackers)

Alice Patis | Dec 7, 200506:32 PM

This is the third of a short series of simple, homey Vietnamese dishes that my mom & I cooked when she came for a short visit. Links for the first 2 parts of the series are below. I’m so glad people are enjoying this series. I’ll tell my mom about it when I visit her for Christmas, I think it will lift her spirits (she’s been feeling a little blue).

I’m not sure where this dish is from since it's relatively new to my mom's repertoire. I’ve seen “Clams with rice” on menus in restaurants specializing in Central (Hue) dishes, but I’m not sure if that’s similar.

Lastly, feel free to experiment when trying any of these recipes, or substitute/add/subtract any ingredients to suit your personal tastes!

Clams with Rice Crackers (Hen Xuc Banh Da)
Serves 2-4 as an appetizer

2 cans (6.5 oz. each) clams, drained, rinsed and squeezed dry (chopped or whole is up to you, but not minced)
1/2 cup ground turkey
2 stalks scallions, sliced thinly
1 inch of fresh ginger, minced
about 3/4 cups of rau ram (Vietnamese coriander), chopped
1/4 cube chicken bouillon
2 medium (about 8” diameter) rice crackers (banh da), plain or sesame flavor (see linked article explaining banh da)

Saute onion, ginger and ground turkey, breaking it up. Add the clams and sauté until hot (about 1 minute). Add sliced scallions and turn off heat. Mix together. Mix in chopped rau ram. Pour into serving bowl.

Puff up the rice crackers by microwaving each cracker for 1 minute or so, until fully puffed but before any part gets scorched (puffed and still white is best, light golden color is ok, black is bad). Others toast them; here, my mom goes for convenience over authenticity. Break each cracker into 4-6 pieces and serve with clam mixture.

To eat, scoop up some clam mixture with each piece of rice cracker, like chips & dip.

Part 1 of this series:

Part 2 of this series (Claypot Catfish):

Link: http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/recip...

Image: http://tinypic.com/ibxcvr.jpg

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