This article is from the 20th Century Appetizer Recipes, with numerous contributions by known and also anonymous authors
12 Littleneck Clams or Cockles
1 1/2 pt Boiling Water
3 T Sake
1 pn MSG
6 Thin slices of lemon
PREPARE IN ADVANCE: Have clams shelled, save shells. Discard shallow halves, scrub the deep halves. Drop the shells into boiling water, boil for 2-3 minutes, then drain. Rinse and dry.
TO COOK AND SERVE: Bring the Sake to boil over high heat. Sprinkle MSG, then drop in the clams, stir gently, and cover. Cook over moderately high heat for 3-4 minutes, then remove the clams and place in the shell. Garnish each clam with a slice of lemon. Serve at room temperature.