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Monday, August 31, 2009

mussels in ginger broth...

Mussel is commonly known as " the poor man's oyster". It maybe inexpensive but no shellfish is more nutritious than a mussel. It is an excellent source of protein, low in calories and fat, contain numbers of vitamins and minerals and are easily digested.

The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands. It is encouraging to concoct a simple yet healthy dish to take advantage of what the sea and its produce offers us.

ingredients

mussels
onion
garlic
ginger ( cut in strips, lots of it)
patis/fish sauce or pinch of salt - optional
water 1/2 cup
cooking oil
chili/spring onion

Saute ginger, onion and garlic. Add half glass of water and bring to the boil. Seasoned with of just a pinch salt or fish sauce and pepper. Add mussels and cover. Simmer for five minutes. Finally, add chili and spring onion to give it a bit of a zing.

Serve hot.

11 comments:

  1. I don't care for any kind of fish, but this does sound appealing. Maybe I will try it, probably not, but maybe LOL.

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  2. mmm sarap naman Eng! i love mussels! ;) i am from Cavite, and Cavite is known for producing mussels, oh, i miss when there are family gatherings or we go swimming on the beach, we use to grill big mussels... ;)

    thanks for this post Eng

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  3. Oh I miss how my mom cooks mussel soup - more ginger the better !

    I have tried making it here, but I can only get the frozen mussels and the taste is not the same as the one we get fresh from the market !

    Your presentation looks so pretty !

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  4. Yay! It's been a long time since I last had some mussels. I'm gonna try this minus the chili hehe.

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  5. This looks very enticing especially with the ginger. I never knew it had so much protein.

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  6. Eng, one of my favorite foods, and this is the way i want my mussels and clams prepared, in their natural broth with ginger, no cream, no cheese, since i really want to taste the real goodness of mussels and clams.

    and hey, mussel is not cheap, though we have a lot of mussels here in san diego that we can pick on the shore, but in the supermarket, they sell $5.00/lb with shell! so khai always tell me whenever I have craving to just eat out, but i told him, "but i do not like the way they cook, i want plainly steamed with ginger", so, yeah, i buy it and cook at home even if it is more expensive than eating out.

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  7. melissa...
    when i was younger i dont like the taste of shellfish, any shellfish! oh! i did miss out then some of the best produce the sea has to offer. now, can't have enough of it. i try to have them at least twice a month.

    car...
    my grandparents used to lived in cavite and we always have them whenever we come to visit. i think that how my loved for these shellfish started.

    chay! sunshine....
    oh! its a shame that you can't get fresh ones in your area. never tried frozen yet. since we lived by the harbour we never run out of fresh catch.

    femmepower...
    yeah! try it rochelle. i have a friend who uses 7-up instead of water and its quite tasty. the chili i just put for garnishing but one those who prefer to have their musel with a bit of a kick, feel free!

    poetic shutterbug...
    to be honest, jo. i do not know either that it has lots of protein to boast. i am learning something new everyday in blogosphere!

    thanks again for dropping by!

    whitemist...
    it is whitemist and healthy, too! thanks!

    bethchai...
    oh yes,like you i want to taste the natural freshness of shellfish when i am cooking one.someone asked me to try 7-up or some sweet and sour suace.

    nah! i want to eat mussel in all of its splendour! no extra ingedients to take the taste away from the real thing!

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  8. ay patay! mussels ba english sa tahong? turo ko sa mga koryano the hong!

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  9. mom loves making this dish and i miss it! having it here will never be the same as having it there back home.

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  10. anonymous...
    ha!ha!ha! thanks!

    ayie...
    for some reason mine doesn't taste the same like how they cook it back home either!..

    thanks!

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