Clams with Black Beans

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Preparation info

    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Chinese Banquet Cookbook

The Chinese Banquet Cookbook

By Eileen Yin-Fei Lo

Published 1985

  • About

Like virtually all of the dishes on New Year’s Day, clams are symbolic. They represent prosperity; in particular, when the clams open after cooking, they vaguely resemble taels, the gold coins of past ages.


  • 30 medium-size clams: wash with a thick brush to remove dirt and sand
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 tab


  1. Pour 8 cups water into a wok and bring to a boil. Place clams in the wok and bring water back to a boil; this should take 4 to 5 minutes. Clams will begin to open. Move them around with your spatula to help the process. As they open remove them to a waiting dish, or they will to