Tinolang Halaan

Tinolang Halaan is a Filipino style soup made out of clams cooked with garlic, ginger and onions. A very tasty soup dish that usually served with rice and fried fish.

Tinolang Halaan

Back in the Philippines you can buy clams at a really cheap price, here in New Zealand it’s a different story, it is expensive and would cost you around NZ$ 8.00-12.00 (PHP 300.00-450.00) a kilo, remember that kilo might only equate to 150g of clam meat but even though its expensive if a craving hits you there is no other option but to drive to the supermarket and get one. That craving hit us several weeks ago hence we made Tinolang Halaan or clam and ginger soup. This dish is one of the simple soup dishes you can find in our cuisine, it is so simple it is just made out of clams, ginger, onion and garlic. It might be simple but if you had tried clams you will know how tasty this will be, we usually pair it with some crispy fried fish and rice to make it a whole healthy meal.

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Tinolang Halaan

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Tinolang Halaan is a Filipino style soup made out of clams cooked with garlic, ginger and onions. A very tasty soup dish that usually served with rice and fried fish.


  • 1 kg clams, cleaned
  • 1 thumb sized ginger, julienned
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks spring onions, sliced
  • fish sauce
  • freshly ground pepper
  • oil


  1. In a pot sauté garlic, ginger and onions.
  2. Add clams then enough water just to cover the clams (you can reduce the amount of water to give it more flavour), bring to a boil then simmer covered.
  3. Once shells are opened add the spring onions.
  4. Simmer for two more minutes then season with fish sauce and freshly ground black pepper.



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  1. Dear Raymund,

    These clams are plentiful here in Sydney too and my favourite recipe for it is either spag vongole or Belgian style clams with white wine.

  2. Hi Raymund, there’s always a beautiful simplicity to your recipes and ingredients. I absolutely love clams. There’s a beautiful korean soup, made simply with shallots and chillies, (not dissimilar to this.) It reminds me of how good a clear broth can be.

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    This sounds delicious and something that I cook often when I get clams! Simple, yet exquisite meal!

  4. Lovely and earthy soup,
    btw, i want the crispy fish (tilapia???) in th background too Ray…….

  5. I wish clams were cheaper here. These look amazing.

  6. This recipe looks delicious AND it fits the paleo autoimmune protocol (a rare thing). So, thank you! I recently started a weekly Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable through my blog, and I would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m trying to expand resources for the AIP community. Here’s the ink: http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2014/01/22/paleo-aip-recipe-roundtable-11/

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