Clam sauce is a type of sauce made from an ark clam in the family Arcidae, this type of seafood is almost present all year round. Except for the rainy and windy times in September and October, they cannot be caught while high water, people go raking all year round. In the clam rake season, only with a small rake, along with a cage be able to go to the sea to rake.
The process of raking clams is not simple, it is necessary to really patiently soak for hours in the water to dig enough clams for making sauce. Unlike fish sauce, and shrimp sauce, Lang Co clam sauce has a very special taste, also from the distinct raw material of clams, which is included in the long-standing clam sauce recipe of the Lang Co people, creating a delicious taste.
The process of making famous and delicious Lang Co Hue clam sauce
Hue people always have a way of preparing dishes according to their own know-how, so even though the way of making Lang Co clam sauce is quite simple, it gives a very special taste. After the clams were taken from the shells, wash them thoroughly. In order for the clams not to be soaked in heavily, causing the clam sauce to be damaged, when washing, people often have the habit of washing very quickly and then picking it up. After that, let it drain for an hour.
Start the process of making clam sauce, and clams after draining the water, put them in a plastic bowl, add the finely ground raw salt, and give 2 cups of salt for every 10 cups of clams. In order for the sauce to taste good, it is necessary to measure how to make the clam not too salty, and not too pale. Finally, mix the clams with the chili, and then put it in a glass jar or a sealed plastic basin. Keep it for 8-10 days and you can enjoy it. According to the experience of the local people, the longer the clam sauce is left to eat, the better it is, almost every sauce works the same, not just the clam sauce.
♦ How to identify cooked clam sauce: Observe if the clam has begun to float on the surface, and the bottom is water, the color is like fish sauce, which means the fish is cooked, and edible.
What's the best way to enjoy your clam sauce?
To feel the true taste of clam sauce, you must eat it with the right ingredients to increase its attractiveness. Salted clam sauce is very fragrant, and served with hot rice is the best, in addition to being used as a dipping sauce. Boiling a piece of bacon, served with a cup of clam sauce and a dish of raw vegetables including sour starfruit, and bananas and raw vegetables serve a dish that is hard to resist.
When scooping out the clam sauce, remember to cover it tightly to preserve it for future times. To enhance the Lang Co clam sauce flavors, you should pound some garlic and chili to mix into the fish sauce, so it will increase the attractiveness as well as the taste of the clam sauce. Depending on the taste, we can add a little more sugar, and MSG. However, remember to be moderate, because if too much, it will be difficult to feel the pure taste of clam sauce.
Although the clam sauce is not too special, it is a dish that is indispensable in the heart of people, in the winter, nothing more than a cup of clam eaten with white rice. All the flavors of clam sauce linger in the oral cavity, the salty taste of the clam sauce, the delicious chewiness of the clam, and the sweet and sour taste create a harmonious taste that awakens the taste right from the first time.
Where to buy Lang Co clam sauce as a gift?
Lang Co clam sauce is a very delicious side dish, with a very unique taste compared to other fish sauces. When traveling to Hue, you will definitely be impressed by the red clam sauce jars, which are carefully preserved before being sent to distant guests.
Lang Co beach is also one of the famous Hue tourist destinations, with a long, turquoise coastline. From Lang Co, you can spare time to visit some of the destinations such as Lap An lagoon, Hai Van pass, and Bach Ma mountain. When you have the opportunity to come here, if you want to buy clam sauce as a gift, you can visit the shop of Me Can (Mrs. Can), the family has more than 20 years of working as a clam sauce, so it is guaranteed to be very delicious but cheap, only from 120k/ bottle.
If you have the opportunity to come to Hue, do not forget to buy some Hue specialties as a gift to understand more about the ancient capital's cuisine as well as to remind the wonderful things that have happened to Hue.
Shopping address: Dong Ba Market - 02 Tran Hung Dao, Hue.