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Razor Clams

Figjam Apr 18, 2007 01:54 AM

I am hoping for some help finding razor clams in Chicago. I remember seeing them in a "No Reservations" episode and have been frustrated in my attempts to find them here. I would be willing to drive in order to try them but a downtown location would be ideal.

  1. YoYoPedro Apr 18, 2007 07:49 AM

    I have seen them at Super H Mart in Niles quite recently.

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    1. re: YoYoPedro
      rubinow Apr 18, 2007 09:02 AM

      Yes Super H Mart. Definitely frozen ones. They probably have fresh ones occasionally, too.

      1. re: rubinow
        Figjam Apr 18, 2007 10:00 AM

        Thanks for your help, this gives me a couple of choices. This board is wonderful, always people willing to help another.

        1. re: rubinow
          Erik M Apr 18, 2007 11:37 AM

          Well, I, for one, fail to see the point in buying frozen razor clams.



          1. re: Erik M
            rubinow Apr 18, 2007 01:41 PM

            that's why I put that caveat there.

            When I was in Spain, I had grilled razor clams with lemon and they were great. Frozen ones wouldn't have the same affect.

          2. re: rubinow
            MikeLM Apr 18, 2007 02:14 PM

            Wow, I'll watch to see if fresh razor clams are available around the area.

            I had them in Oregon, at the Adobe Motel restaurant in Yachats, Oregon in the late 1960's. I understood they have become so scarce they're on the threatened species list, at least in the Pacific NW Coast area. (Not my fault, I only ate a few and then moved out of the PNW.).

            They're great fried, and I'm sure there are many other great ways to fix them.

            1. re: MikeLM
              Erik M Apr 18, 2007 03:02 PM

              In season, you will sometimes see them on special offer at Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. The preparation is usu. fairly simple, involving a quick stir-fry or steam, followed by the addition of black bean sauce, chile, ginger, cilantro, etc.

              And, I do the same at home to great success.

              Anyway, a picture of steamed razor clams can be found in this report:



            2. re: rubinow
              YoYoPedro Apr 18, 2007 04:17 PM

              They had fresh ones as well as frozen when I was there 2 weekends ago. Call first. Good luck.

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            Erik M Apr 18, 2007 07:00 AM

            I have purchased them a number of times at Mayflower Market in the Chinatown Mall. You might also try Chinatown Market, directly across the street.

            2140 S. Archer

            Chinatown Market
            2121 S. Archer


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            1. re: Erik M
              kuri Apr 20, 2007 11:17 AM

              I'll be in Chicago for 6 days next week. Could you recommand any good Chinese restaurant with great seafood dishes? I am from SF, would like to take my non-Asian friends to one. Thanks for your help.

              1. re: kuri
                Erik M Apr 20, 2007 12:07 PM

                Knowing nothing about your tastes (or the tastes of your friends), here is what I suggest...

                ...go to MenuPages Chicago...


                ...and, for straightforward, mostly Cantonese-style seafood, review the following menus:

                Ken Kee
                Mountain View Chef

                ...and, for more exotic, Szechaun, Shanghai, and Taiwanese-style seafood, review these menus:

                KS Seafood (Taiwanese
                )Lao Sze Chuan

                ALL of the above are high-traffic, high-turnover restaurants, with a high percentage of Chinese diners, and I have had numerous high-quality seafood-oriented meals at each one.


                1. re: Erik M
                  kuri Apr 20, 2007 02:16 PM

                  Thanks so much. I'll let you know how dinner turns out.

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