One of the very few restaurants that has a Michelin-rated star in Penang is PUTIEN.
PUTIEN is a beautiful coastal suburb in Fujian, China with rich cultural history and storied tradition since its settlement over almost one and a half millennium ago. The Putien Group of Restaurants is named after that place and it is also originated from there.
In conjunction with the season of Duotou Clams, PUTIEN is having a full menu of Duotou Clam dishes.
Duotou Clam has its origin from Duo Tou village in Putien City. Villagers have been breeding clams for generations with over 600 years of history. Not only renowned for being the breeding grounds of the China’s finest of the China’s finest clams, Duo Tou village is also the designated supplier for PUTIEN.
Duo Tou mud is a type of rare black mud that is high in nutrients, very pure and contains no sand particles. The clams bred are nourished by these abundant nutrients and hence are especially plump and meaty, can grow up to 5 – 6cm in length.
Duo Tou villages have higher salinity level than other regions, hence making the clams especially fresh and sweet to conquer discerning taste buds.
There are 8 ways to enjoy DUOTOU Clams, choose any 2 for just RM138.80!
Thai-Flavoured DUOTOU Clam – RM71.90, succulent clams tossed in home-made Thai sauce with a refreshing mix of 6 different fruits and veggies. Tuck in and relish the difference.
The savory and appetizing Thai style DUOTOU Clams was so nice especially when served as a starter. It tasted like Thai-style papaya salad “Som Tum” but with clams.
Steamed DUOTOU Clam with Minced Garlic – RM71.90. Don’t miss this! Succulent plump clams were generously doused with a bed of minced garlic – so satisfying, you can’t stop with just one!
The taste of the home mixed sauce was so nice and the generous sprinkle of minced garlic was so aromatic and delicious when taken together with the clams.
Stir-Fried Sambal Chives with DUOTOU Clam – RM71.90. Stir-fried chives with clams in sambal offer South East Asia’s heritage on plate – a harmonious balance of flavour!
This is more like a fusion dish which has a mixture of Fujian with local flavour (sambal). The sambal taste was strong thus making this dish savory with a nice fragrance.
Stir-Fried DUOTOU Clam with Ginger & Spring Onion – RM71.90. One of the most loved traditional cooking method of Fujian locals! The clams are stir-fry over high heat and served with scallions and ginger. A flavourful dish that will leave you craving for more!
The preparation of this dish cooked is a traditional Hokkien style. The taste and the method is very classical. The ginger and spring onions brought out the fresh taste of the clams.
Baked DUOTOU Clam on Hot Plate – RM71.90. The best seller of seasonal festival for three consecutive years! The clam is baked with sea salt and pepper.
This is the simplest way of preparation and yet the most flavorful dish of all. The freshness of the clams can be felt in its original form as there is no gravy or sauce to cover the original taste of the clams.
Steamed DUOTOU Clam in Fermented Wine – RM76.90. An offering brimming with fresh clams, steamed with traditional Chinese wine – Huodiao to released a heady aroma.
This is my favorite among all DUOTOU clam dishes. The clams were soaked and steamed together with traditional rice wine which made the meat so juicy. In fact the meat was also packed with fragrance of rice wine.
DUOTOU Clam Omelette – RM71.90. A perfect combination of eggs with clams. Every bite oozes with meaty and succulent flavors.
You can never go wrong with seafood and egg. This combination of clams and egg was packed with wok taste.
Salted Spicy DUOTOU Clam – RM76.90. Incredibly addictive! Lightly battered with chopped chili, salt and pepper, then deep-fried, creating a crisp texture – excellent pairing with alcoholic drinks.
This dish was both spicy and savory. It is a great dish to be served with some wine or beer.
Overall, the food here is excellent. The clams are freshly imported from DUOTOU breeding grounds and the taste still remains fresh when served on the table. The price of the food here is slightly on the high side due to its Michelin-star status. The ambience and service are good and there is semi-private dining area at the top of the restaurant.
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Operation hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm
Contact: 04-226 0828
Address: Gurney Dr, Lot 163-D-6, 16, 17 & 18, Gurney Paragon Mall, 10250 Penang.