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Huế’s Clams Mixed Rice/Vermicelli (Cơm/Bún Hến)

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_Sprinkle with green onion and cilantro and stir fry the mixture well. _Remove the clam meat from the heat and set aside.


Shrimp paste _Place shrimp paste into a bowl, then add 1 cup of water. _Stir the mixture well, then let it sit for 5 minutes. _Decant gradually the shrimp paste solution into a bowl, and discard about 1 tablespoon of bottom portion of the solution. _Pour the decanted solution into a pot and bring it to boil. _Remove it from heat and set aside.


Peanut _ Preheat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a pan over medium high heat. _Add roasted peanut and stir it about 2 minutes. _Remove it from head and set aside.


Vegetables and herbs _Wash all the vegetable and herbs very well. _Shred the mango, elephant ears, green mango (or) green apple the same size as the white vermicelli. _Chop all herbs and lettuce the same size as the white vermicelli.


Decoration _Place chopped lettuce and herbs onto a bowl first. _Add steam rice (or) vermicelli (or) both. _Add clam meat in the middle. _Add shredded mango, elephant ears, green mango (or) green apple around the bowl. _Add roasted peanut, then roasted sesame seeds. _Add rice crackers.


Prior to eating _Add shrimp paste solution, clam broth, and Mẹ’s Way Chili Sauce to taste. _Mix everything very well and enjoy.

INSTRUCTIONS


Rice _Wash the white rice 1-2 times with water. _Add the white rice into a rice cooker. _Pour water into the rice cooker and set up the time per its instruction.


Vermicelli _Simply add vermicelli to boiling water until noodles are slightly soft and flexible. _Drain the noodles with cool water and let it sit until the noodles are dry.


Clams _Place the clams onto a pot, then pour 2 cups of water into it, and boil the clams until their shells are all open. _Let the clams cool down, then take out the clam meat. _Decant gradually the clam broth into bowls 2-3 times. Every time discard about 3 tablespoons of bottom portion of the broth _Boil the broth and set aside. _Preheat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a pan over medium high heat. _Add garlic to the pan and stir it until it has a light gold color. _Add clam meat, sugar, black pepper, and fish sauce to taste.

_Sprinkle with green onion and cilantro and stir fry the mixture well. _Remove the clam meat from the heat and set aside.


Shrimp paste _Place shrimp paste into a bowl, then add 1 cup of water. _Stir the mixture well, then let it sit for 5 minutes. _Decant gradually the shrimp paste solution into a bowl, and discard about 1 tablespoon of bottom portion of the solution. _Pour the decanted solution into a pot and bring it to boil. _Remove it from heat and set aside.


Peanut _ Preheat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a pan over medium high heat. _Add roasted peanut and stir it about 2 minutes. _Remove it from head and set aside.


Vegetables and herbs _Wash all the vegetable and herbs very well. _Shred the mango, elephant ears, green mango (or) green apple the same size as the white vermicelli. _Chop all herbs and lettuce the same size as the white vermicelli.


Decoration _Place chopped lettuce and herbs onto a bowl first. _Add steam rice (or) vermicelli (or) both. _Add clam meat in the middle. _Add shredded mango, elephant ears, green mango (or) green apple around the bowl. _Add roasted peanut, then roasted sesame seeds. _Add rice crackers.


Prior to eating _Add shrimp paste solution, clam broth, and Mẹ’s Way Chili Sauce to taste. _Mix everything very well and enjoy.


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