Firecracker Manila Clams, Zine Noodles Dim Sum

When clams are steamed open, they represent the opening of new horizons. When they are steamed open with a combination of Chinese white wine, fish paste and spicy roasted pepper, the dish welcomes the New Year to be a wealthy one. $32, in the Palazzo, 607-2220.

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