Sunday, September 4, 2016

Geoduck and Shiso (appetizer for 1-2)

geoduck and shiso
A year ago my husband and I visited Seattle, Washington. We saw quite a bit but felt we needed a little more time to enjoy what this beautiful city has to offer. After I worked a stretch of 7 days we flew to Seattle for 6 days. On this trip, we left work behind and focused on fun activities and food. We had a full schedule and mostly walked all over the city. We took Uber and the bus when we were short on time for our next attraction. The day before we were due to return home, on the spur of the moment we purchased the City Pass and packed in a morning cruise of the harbor, the Aquarium, Chihuly Glass and Garden, EMP Museum and sunset city view from the Space Needle. I was surprised that we managed to cover all of the 5 events in one day without feeling rushed. I must admit I was a bit exhausted by the end of the day. I tried to watch the end of the Olympics on TV but just could not keep my eyes open. The next morning after breakfast we returned for a second visit to the Space Needle. It was part of the pass as long as we re-visit within 24 hours. Seattle is hilly and by the end of my trip, I may have lost some weight since my pants were quite loose!

Last year we explored the International District (also known as Chinatown) and I enjoyed shopping for fresh seafood and other cooking items. On this trip we re-visited ID and this time shopped at Uwajimaya, a huge grocery store with a food court. I purchased a 3-pound live geoduck, live manila clams, live savory clams and a few other essential groceries. This geoduck's shells were thicker probably yield less meat than the one I bought a year ago. Lucky for me the prices for the seafood have not changed much. 

I harvested the Irish moss in New Hampshire. The shiso leaves and Chinese chives came from my parents' garden in Maine. I did not want to waste the leftover herbs so I carried them to Seattle. They were still quite fresh despite travelling nearly 2500 miles! 

geoduck and shiso
Geoduck and Shiso (appetizer for 1-2)


About 1 cup thinly sliced geoduck (How to Clean and Prepare a Geoduck)
2 large green shiso leaves, thinly sliced
About 5 purple shiso leaves, thinly sliced
2-3 Chinese chives, chopped
About 1 Tbsp fresh Irish moss (seaweed), roughly chopped
About 1/2 tsp grated ginger
Zest from 1/4 lime
Juice from half a lime
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp mirin
A few large pinches of chili powder or cayenne pepper


Mix all ingredients together. Serve on a plate, sprinkle more chili powder and garnish with Chinese chives flower buds if interested.

harbor view of Seattle (2016)
Seattle Aquarium (2016)
Chihuly Glass and Garden (Seattle 2016)
EMP Museum (2016)
view of Mt. Rainier and Seattle from Space Needle (2016)

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