Mussels. One of the reasons I try to be at Costco on weekends. It makes for good “bar food”/appetizer and soup. It’s also a favorite paella ingredient. The mussels we buy from Costco are surprisingly already clean, so there’s really no need for cleaning…I think. But if you feel more comfortable going through the process, go turn on your bar faucet (or any other kitchen faucet for that matter) and put some water in a bowl and soak the mussels for 20 minutes, letting them breath. For tips on cleaning mussels, click HERE.
Growing up, Sundays were usually dubbed seafood days, Sunday being the day my Mom went to the (wet) market. We made it a point to cook and eat the crabs and mussels the day they were bought. My Nanay (maternal grandma) usually made soup with the fresh mussels. It’s a very simple and easy-to-make soup.
1 lb mussels
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 thumb-size ginger, sliced thinly
a bunch of spinach
salt/fish sauce and pepper to taste
7 to 10 cups of water (maybe more!)
1. In a pot, saute the ginger in hot oil for a minute or until the aroma of sauteed ginger fills the air.
2. Add the onions and ginger and saute until the onions are translucent.
3. Add the mussels and water then season with salt/fish sauce and water.
4. Boil until the mussels are cooked then add the spinach. It’ll only take a few seconds for the spinach to wilt. Serve.
This is another one of ’em dishes that take me back to my childhood. Home-cooked meals truly are the best. I never imagined I’d be doing the home cooking myself! Hahaha!