As far as I'm aware, pippies are native to Australia. I'm not sure if you can find them anywhere else in the world. Pippies are a slightly bigger clam and they are really popular in Chinese cooking in Australia. They are almost always, stir fried with XO sauce. XO sauce pippies were my favourite thing to eat when we went to Chinese restaurants when I was younger.
See my previous post about how to make XO sauce. If you're short on time you can buy it in a jar from any Chinese supermarket. Obviously homemade is best but jar XO sauce is still amazing.
• 1kg pippies
• 1x tbs minced ginger
• 1x tbs minced garlic
• 1x tbs salted black beans (available from Chinese supermarkets)
• 2x tbs of XO sauce
• 2x tbs light soy sauce
• 1x tbs Chinese rice wine
• 1x tsp sugar
• 2x tbs of peanut oil
• Half a bunch of green onions cut in halves without stalks
Step 1: Soak your pippies in water for 20 minutes to remove any excess sand.
Step 2: Bring a pot of water to boil. Carefully place each pippie in and remove as they open.
Step 3: Heat the peanut oil in a pan and add the garlic, black beans and ginger and fry until fragrant.
Step 4: Add the pippies and XO sauce and stir until well combined. Add the soy, rice wine, spring onions and sugar and simmer for 5 mins.