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Looking for razor clams

doublehelping Jun 5, 2010 12:23 PM

I have a major craving for razor clams. Does anyone know of any SF restaurants that currently have razor clams on their menu?

  1. wolfe Jun 9, 2010 11:43 AM


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      CYL Jun 7, 2010 08:43 PM

      Got some at Ranch 99 Mountain View this morning at $2.99/lb. They were meaty and sweet.

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        chilihead2006 Jun 8, 2010 12:32 PM


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          celeryroot Jun 8, 2010 02:25 PM

          were those marked as razor clams?
          Maybe its the angle of the pic, that those dont look like razor clams to me.

          1. re: celeryroot
            Sharuf Jun 9, 2010 02:55 AM

            Those look exactly like Pacific razor clams to me.


          2. re: CYL
            baron45 Jun 10, 2010 05:06 PM

            New May Wah on Clement St has razor clams, but they're $5.99 a pound!

            New May Wah
            719 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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            Sharuf Jun 6, 2010 12:15 AM

            I've never seen them in CA menus. Don't see them much in menus in the Northwest, which is razor clam native terrain. They're mainly a sport gathering thing, with not much commercial collecting.


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            1. re: Sharuf
              Melanie Wong Jun 6, 2010 12:57 AM

              Guess you're not getting out much. Or you're describing a different type, as noted in this old thread.

              I've heard that Contigo does a good job, but I haven't tried them there. Limited run.

              1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                Sharuf Jun 6, 2010 08:10 AM

                Melanie, I'm assuming our discussion is about our own (relatively) local Pacific razor clams, not a different species of clam flown-in from 3,000 miles away. Our clams are oval shaped, with shells about 4-5" long. Three of them makes a nice serving.


                The Atlantic razor clams seem to be a chinatown thing, and your facebook url above shows what those look like.

                1. re: Sharuf
                  PolarBear Jun 7, 2010 07:00 AM

                  I think the ones I found at Silver House must have been the east coast variety, iirc there were 8-10 in the serving. Also appears that the season ended mid-May up in the PNW (in WA at least).

                  Silver House
                  2224 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

            2. wolfe Jun 5, 2010 12:42 PM

              Polar Bear found them at Silver House, advised call first.

              Silver House
              2224 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

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              1. re: wolfe
                K K Jun 9, 2010 12:40 PM

                The name razor clams is similar to what they call it at Silver House, which is Doe Heen in Cantonese or 刀蜆 (刀 = knife). However they look nothing like the kind that CYL spotted at 99 Ranch, which appear fatter, shorter in shell length..

                The ones at Silver House (if and whenever they offer it on their white board) look identical to the kinds served in Hong Kong, where the outer shell looks interestingly like a bamboo stem or pole.

                Here's what it looks like: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephany...

                They are also known as mategai in Japan (and if you enter that in flickr.com for example, the image results match what I linked above for knife clam) and you may find them at very very few sushi bars in the South Bay, although personally I'm not too crazy about eating them defrosted/raw as they're not as delectable in that form unlike other more commonly seen clam items for sushi.

                Silver House
                2224 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

                1. re: K K
                  512window Jun 9, 2010 05:10 PM

                  That's what the ones I've had in Spain look like too. Long and skinny. The California/West Coast species must be really different.

                  1. re: 512window
                    Sharuf Jun 10, 2010 01:53 AM

                    Yes, we've gone over this on this thread and on prior discussions. There are two species of clams called "razor clams". There's our Pacific clams which are large with oval shells, and grow abundantly in the Northwest. They have to be shelled and cleaned before cooking.

                    Then there are the smaller, long skinny-shaped Atlantic razor clams. These appear on Spanish menus and in Asian restaurants.

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