Microwave Clam Chowder
Note: This recipe was first written for and published on Samsung SG microwave campaign microsite in 2010 (now offline).
Clam chowder in under 30 minutes? Yes, it is possible thanks to the wonders of the microwave oven which cooks food in the fraction of the time. Another short cut I used is canned clams. Instead of steaming or boiling fresh clams, I use a can of pacific clams (both clams and clams broth), which also turns out to be a great time saver. I dress up the soup in a cute edible soup bowl (which can be purchased at selected delis; update: I got mine from Soup Spoon) which is reminisce of the clam chowder served in sour dough bread bowl I had in San Francisco. The final result looks quite gourmet to me. Try this recipe when you have guests over – they may be surprised when you tell them that you whipped this up in a microwave oven!
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I am using the pacific clams (鲍贝/bao bei) which is commonly used for steamboat, but you may use any type of canned clams.