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A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: STEAMED MANILA CLAMS ($15)
A front-runner in Pacific Rim cuisine, Japengo, located within Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, is a must-try for locals and tourists alike. Chef Michael Imada has masterfully perfected the art of taste and presentation, and wows diners with his magnificent creations each night. Blending a variety of Asian culinary styles and techniques onto one plate is what he does best.
With a dish such as Steamed Manila Clams, which Imada says is complex in preparation and technique, he is able to intertwine a myriad of exotic ingredients and flavors, while keeping everything authentic.
The foundation for this dish is found in just under a pound of fresh Manila clams steamed to perfection. According to Imada, Steamed Manila Clams have been on the menu since the restaurant’s inception and is well received by guests.
Thai basil, sambal and Sriracha chili sauce permeate the dish and give it an extra kick of intensity.
House-made fish fumet and a touch of butter round out the intense Thai flavors, making the dish more well-rounded to the general palate.
The dish incorporates a wide assortment of Thai-influenced flavors and ingredients, including Thai bird chili, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, shallots, garlic and cilantro. “These flavors combined with proper cooking techniques are what make up this incredibly flavored dish that’s always received outstanding reviews,” Imada says.
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