Steam Lala with Garlic

Steam Lala with Garlic, a cherished zi char delight, entices with its simplicity and robust flavors. This dish presents succulent lala clams steamed to perfection and adorned with aromatic minced garlic, creating a medley of natural sweetness and garlicky savoriness. The gentle steaming method allows the clams to retain their tender texture, while the infusion of garlic elevates the taste profile. Loved for its pure and unadulterated essence, Steam Lala with Garlic has carved a place as a well-liked zi char favorite, offering a straightforward yet irresistible dining experience that continues to captivate diners seeking the delightful marriage of fresh seafood and the comforting allure of garlic, making it a timeless and highly sought-after choice. 

Why Do People Love Steam Lala with Garlic

The popularity of Steam Lala with Garlic stems from its incredible taste and health benefits. The combination of succulent clams and fragrant garlic creates a harmonious blend of flavours, resulting in a mouthwatering dish bursting with umami. 

Clams provide lean protein and essential minerals, while garlic aids digestion and offers potential cardiovascular benefits, making Steam Lala with Garlic a delicious and nourishing choice. 

What You Need For Your Steam Lala with Garlic:

Making Steam Lala with Garlic yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 1kg fresh clams (Lala) 
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil 
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil 
  • Fresh coriander leaves, for garnish

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Steam Lala with Garlic

Step 1

Rinse the clams thoroughly under cold water to remove any grit or sand. Discard any clams with cracked shells or that do not close when tapped.

Step 2

Heat the cooking oil in a large wok or deep pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and stir-fry until fragrant and golden brown.

Step 3

Add the clams to the pan and stir-fry for a minute, ensuring that they are coated in the garlic-infused oil.

Step 4

Pour in the soy sauce and oyster sauce, and give it a quick stir to combine. Cover the pan with a lid and let the clams steam for about 5-6 minutes or until they open up.

Step 5

Once the clams have opened, remove them from the heat. Discard any clams that remain closed as they may be unsafe to consume.

Step 6

Drizzle the sesame oil over the steamed clams and garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Give it a gentle toss to incorporate the flavours.

Step 7

Serve the Steam Lala with Garlic immediately, accompanied by steamed rice or crusty bread to soak up the delicious juices. 

Serving Steam Lala with Garlic with Other Dishes 

For a complete seafood feast, Steam Lala with Garlic pairs well with steamed prawns, stir-fried greens, or a refreshing cucumber salad. The lightness and simplicity of these dishes complement the robust flavours of the clams, creating a satisfying and well-rounded meal.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Lean Protein Source: Lala clams offer a lean source of protein essential for muscle growth and overall body functions. 
  2. Garlic’s Potential Health Benefits: Garlic is known for its potential health-promoting properties, including immune support and heart health benefits. 
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Lala clams provide B vitamins (B12) for energy metabolism, iron for oxygen transport, and zinc for immune function. 
  4. Low in Fat: The steamed preparation method of the clams contributes to a relatively low-fat dish. 
  5. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by nutrient-rich vegetables and perhaps whole grains, Steam Lala with Garlic can contribute to a balanced meal. 
  6. Garlic Flavor and Aroma: The addition of minced garlic enhances the dish’s flavor and aroma. 
  7. Texture and Taste Harmony: The tender texture of the clams combines with the garlicky essence for a harmonious taste experience. 
  8. Simple and Wholesome: The dish’s simplicity highlights the natural flavors of the clams and garlic. 
  9. Cultural and Culinary Delight: The dish resonates with those seeking a delightful blend of fresh seafood and the comforting allure of garlic. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Steam Lala with Garlic without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

Join us for a memorable meal, where affordability meets genuine culinary excellence, promising to satisfy your taste buds and leave you with cherished moments.

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