Hamaguri ushiojiru is a Japanese clam clear soup. It’s said that hamaguri clams symbolize happy marriage, and this soup is traditionally served on Japanese Girl’s Day.
- 12-16 small hanaguri (hard-shell clams), or 4 large hamaguri, soaked in salted water to expell sand
- 3 cups water
- 1 Tbsp sake
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- For garnish:
- 1 bunch of nanohana (rape flower), boiled, or mitsuba (wild parsley) leaves
Scrub clams in water to clean. Put 3 cups of water and clams in a medium pan. Place the pan on high heat and simmer until clams open. Remove the clams from the pan and strain the soup. Put the soup back in the pan and season with sake, soy sauce, and salt. Place 3-4 small clams or 1 large clam in a soup bowl. Pour hot soup over them. Garnish with boiled nanohana or mitsuba leaves.
*Makes 4 servings