Last night, CH and I had dinner at Al Forno at East Coast Road. We ordered pasta vongole and a pizza. The pasta was cooked to perfection but at $22 a plate, it had better be done right!
I decided to recreate the dish at home for brunch, so I went to the market and bought 1kg of clams for $6 after my morning run.
I soak the clams in salt water to remove the grit lodged inside.
I chop up some garlic and chilli, sautee them in olive oil until fragrant. Then I add in the clams and cook until the shells open up.
I put some pasta, olive oil and salt in the pot of water to boil. I like using spaghetti from Marks & Spencer because it will turn out al dente like the ones served in the restaurants.
When the shells are almost done, I toss in the cooked pasta and give it a good stir. You can add a a splash of white wine if you like. The sauce produced from the clam is good enough on its own actually.
Voila, pasta vongole is ready! The boys loved it. The entire pot of pasta enough to feed a family cost me less than $10!