SAKE STEAMED CLAMS WITH SOBA NOODLES

Serves 4

*From Bon Appetit: The Food Lover’s Cleanse. Minerally white wine set against saline clams make for a pretty perfect (and easy) pairing.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces soba (Japanese-style) noodles
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch scallions, white parts and dark-green parts separated, thinly sliced 1 jalapeño, seeded (unless you crave heat), sliced
  • 1’ piece of ginger, peeled, sliced
  • 2 1/2 pounds Manila clams, scrubbed
  • 3/4 cup dry sake

Prep

  1. Cook soba noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add white parts of scallions, jalapeño, and ginger. Stir until aromatic, about 1 minute.
  3. Add clams; stir to coat and cook for 1 minute, then pour in sake. Cover and cook until clams open, 4—6 minutes (discard any clams that do not open). Using a slotted spoon, transfer clams to a bowl. Discard ginger slices.
  4. Transfer noodles to the clam juices in skillet and cook for 1 minute to warm through. Divide noodles among bowls. Toss clams, along with the scallion greens, back into clam juices. Divide clams and broth evenly among bowls.