Filipinos are known for their love of seafood, and one dish that perfectly captures their passion for it is Tinolang Tulya. This delectable soup is made with fresh clams cooked in a ginger-based broth, which gives it a unique flavor that is both savory and refreshing.
Tinolang Tulya has been a staple dish in the Philippines for generations, especially in coastal areas where clams are abundant. This dish is not only delicious, but it is also a healthy option as it is packed with nutrients from the seafood and ginger.
Aside from its flavorful taste, Tinolang Tulya is also popular among Filipinos for its comforting properties. This soup is often served during cold weather or when someone is feeling under the weather. The clams are rich in protein and other essential nutrients, while ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. The combination of these ingredients creates a soup that not only satisfies your taste buds but also nourishes your body.
Now, let's cook Tinolang Tulya:
- 1 kilo fresh clams
- 2 thumbsized ginger, sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 bunch of spinach or chili leaves or cilantro
- Salt and pepper to taste
- First, you have to find the freshest clams you can get your hands on. This may require a trip to the nearest seafood market or a beach if you're feeling adventurous.
- Once you have your clams, clean them thoroughly by scrubbing their shells with a brush under running water. Rinse them a few times until the water runs clear.
- In a pot, heat the cooking oil and sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger until fragrant.
- Add the cleaned clams and stir well. Pour in the water and fish sauce and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat and let the clams simmer until they open up. Discard any unopened clams, as they may not be safe to eat.
- Once all the clams are open, add the spinach or chili leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot with steamed rice and enjoy the delicious taste of the sea!
Remember, the key to a delicious Tinolang Tulya is using fresh ingredients. Happy cooking!