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Filipino-Style Clam Chowder (Tinolang Halaan)

As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

Filipino-Style Clam Chowder (Tinolang Halaan)

Filipino-Style Clam Chowder (Tinolang Halaan)

What Is Tinolang Halaan?

Halaan is the Tagalog word for clam, and tinola refers to a soup with a simple ginger-flavored broth. Tinolang halaan, then, is the Filipino version of clam chowder.

My mom made this dish when I was a child in the Philippines—and to this day, I sometimes crave this comforting soup. The recipe is easy to make and comes together quickly; it's not as much work as the American version of clam chowder. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

35 min

40 min

6 servings


  • 1 pound clams
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 bag spinach
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pinch Ajinomoto (MSG), optional


  1. Wash the fresh clams thoroughly under cold, running water.
  2. Boil water in a pot and add the ginger and onion.
  3. Add the clams and simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, and Ajinomoto.

Tips and Variations

  • Feel free to substitute other vegetables besides spinach.
  • You can use packaged, frozen clams instead of fresh clams.
  • Saute the onions and ginger first, if desired.
  • Garnish with green onions before serving.

Ajinomoto Seasoning

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