Seasoned Cockles, Kkomak-muchim
Here is an interesting dish to awaken your appetite. Cockles are small, edible, saltwater clams, widely enjoyed by Koreans. Enjoy healthy clams with a sweet and sour kick. Goes well with rice and other sides dishes.
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|3 cups||Cockles 꼬막|
|4 cups||Water 물|
|1 tbs||Coarse Sea Salt 굵은 소금|
|4 cups||Water 물|
|6 tbs||Cheongju, Korean Rice Wine 청주|
|¼ cup||Soy Sauce (regular) 왜간장|
|1 tbs||Sugar 설탕|
|1 tbs||Gochugaru, Korean Hot Pepper Flakes 고추가루|
|1 tbs||Sesame Oil 참기름|
|1 tbs||Sesame Seeds 깨|
|2 tsp||Garlic (minced) 다진 마늘|
|1 tbs||Chopped Green Onion 다진파|
|1||Red Chili Pepper 붉은 고추|
|1||Green Chili Pepper 풋고추|
You will need 2-4 hours in advance to remove sand from cockles!
Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.
1. Clean Cockles
Clean 3 cups of fresh cockles with a brush under running water. Soak them in salted water (4 cups of cold water + 1 tablespoon of coarse sea salt) and cover so the inside of the container is dark. Leave it for 2-4 hours to remove sand. Too much salt can kill cockles. Rinse and drain water. Discard the ones that are crushed or broken.
Clean cockles with brush
Saok in salted water
Discard broken ones
Place the cleaned cockles in a pot and add 4 cups of water and 6 tablespoons of rice wine. Boil it on high heat until the cockles (about 6-7) start to open up. (Do not wait until all the cockles open up! They will be overcooked.)
Boil cleaned cockles
Until 6-7 cockles open up
3. Cool down
Drain water through a strainer and let it cool down for 15 min.
Cool it down
4. Remove top shell
Remove the top shells from the cockles using a knife.
Remove top shells
5. Seasoning Sauce
Chop red and green chili peppers (1 each). Mix 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of red chili pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon of chopped green onion, 2 teaspoon of minced garlic and chopped red and green chili peppers.
Chop red, green chili peppers
6. Serve and Enjoy!
Place cockles in layers on a plate. Pour and spread the seasoning sauce evenly over each layer. Enjoy!
Sauce over each layer