Gooey Duck At Last
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Sep 24, 2012 7:51 PM Last Post By: montereyjack
Sep 24, 2012 12:02 PM
Gooey Duck At LastSome months ago there was a thread concerning the Pacific Northwest in which the subject of gooey ducks came up. Spelled geoduc (but pronounced gooey duck) these are very large clams indigenous to the west coast.
They are hard to find in restaurants or even at the fish mongers and most Pacific Northwesterners haven't eaten one, myself included. However, I vowed to correct that and am here to report that I have.
While in our favorite dim sum restaurant in Seattle (The Honey Garden) I noticed a hand scrawled sign on the wall saying "goey duc." Since this was the only thing in the entire restaurant written in English I took it as a cosmic sign and asked the manager (who knows us by sight now) about it. He specially prepared and served me a plate of both steamed and lightly breaded and sauteed geoduc served on a bed of hand-made noodles.
It had a very delicate flavor, odd considering the extraordinarily ugly almost obscene appearance of the creatures. In fact, the flavor was almost vanishing, but what flavor came through was rich and sweet, not fishy or clammy at all. Texture was a lttle more chewy than simply al dente, but not rubbery.
Cost - the plate cost $43 - pretty spendy, but this was an experiment. I probably wouldn't order them again due to cost and since I like more strongly flavored foods, but I'm glad I finally crossed geoduc off my list of things to do and eat in the Pacific Northwest (already had sea cucumber, halibut cheeks and octopus - all exceedingly excellent).
Next, . . . into eastern Washington or Montana for Rocky Mountain Oysters).
Sep 24, 2012 1:50 PM
Sep 24, 2012 2:55 PM
Sep 24, 2012 3:04 PM
3The restaurant was the Honey Court, not Honey Garden. It's in Seattle's international district - sorry bout the confusion.
Sep 24, 2012 5:03 PM
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