Maoa and Pahuata Iro Recipe

Maoa and Pahuata Iro Recipe-'Tahitian Recipe'

2 Dozen ma’oa [turbot snails]
-or pahua [clams]
500 g Taioro [juice of grated
-coconuts, seawater and
3 Onions
2 Garlic cloves
Salt and pepper

The turbot snails are available around here++in pet stores for something like eight bucks a pop! They might be available in a Chinese seafood market for a reasonable price. I’ll check the next time I’m up that way.

The snail of the ma’oa may be extracted from the shell either by breaking the shells with a hammer or by boiling them for a few minutes if you wish to keep the shells intact. Wash the snails and remove the pocket of black matter. In the case of the pahua, a bivalve, the muscle adhering to the shell should be severed, the animal extracted from the shell, and the black matter removed. Soak in fresh water for a few hours. Mix with the taioro, then add the chopped onions and garlic plus seasoning. Serve at room temperature.


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