Oh, I had a roasted clam session last month with my brother and his family form Muar. He spent 2 weeks of traveling here in Kota Kinabalua and Kundasang during the school holiday. We had a very good time together, and one of it was eating roasted clam at the well known stalls along Jalan Sulaman, 30 minutes drive out of Kota Kinabalu city.
Lokan (Polymesoda expansa) is a bivalves molluscs is found buried in the stiff mud of the landward fringe of mangroves. It is well-adapted to this habitat, being able to tolerate long periods of low tide, and has the ability to resume filter-feeding rapidly when inundated.
We had it with burned coconut juice, coconut pudding and a special sauce which is home made – a mix of sesame oil, lemongrass root, lime, black soy sauce, vinegar and I don’t know what else.
It taste like? Hmm… I don’t know how to explain it. You need to go there to taste it yourselves!