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What makes clam chowder a New England style vs. some other style?

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There are several major varieties of clam chowder, which you can find enumerated on the Wikipedia page. New England clam chowder is characterized by a dairy base, usually with some sort of salt pork or bacon, and potatoes.

Note: the term chowder basically just means soup or stew, usually with seafood of some sort--very different dishes may go by the name.

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