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Asian Home Recipe

Braised Mussels Recipe

Ingredients :

1.5 liter

4 slices

6 medium

2 cakes

3 cloves

3

2 cups

5 tablespoons

1/2 teaspoon

1

1 tablespoon

1 teaspoon

Mussels

Fresh root ginger

Dried Chinese mushrooms

Fresh bean curd

Garlic

Spring onions (scallions)

Good stock

Rice wine or dry sherry

Salt

Chicken stock cube

Cornflour blended with 2 tablespoons water

Sesame seed oil

Pepper to taste

Method :
  • Scrub the mussels thoroughly.

  • Poach in a large saucepan of simmering water with the ginger for 1 1/2 minutes, then drain.

  • Discard any unopened ones.

  • Transfer the mussels to a large pan or flameproof casserole.

  • Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water to cover for 25 minutes.

  • Drain and discard the tough stalks.

  • Cut the mushroom caps into quarters.

  • Cut the bean curd into cubes or rectangles.

  • Finely chop the garlic.

  • Shred the onions.

  • Place the pan of mussels over medium-high heat.

  • Pour in the stock and wine or sherry, then add the bean curd, mushrooms, garlic, half the onion, salt and pepper.

  • Bring to the boil and sprinkle in the crumbled stock cube.

  • Stir and simmer gentle for 10 minutes.

  • Stir in the blended cornflour.

  • Sprinkle with the remaining spring onion and the sesame seed oil.

 

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