We don’t eat mussels or tahong often because we always fear that it might be infected with the red tide virus. However, this morning when I heard the vendor selling mussels down the road I couldn’t resist buying some. Tahong is so yummy and so easy to cook. Since I’m no expert cook I’m always a fan of recipes that are fail safe and that even a newbie cook like me could prepare. The problem was hubby didn’t like eating tahong so I had to feed him another meal. It was fine with me because that meant I had the tahong all by myself.
Here is the recipe for Mussels (Tahong) soup:
1 t ginger, julienned
1/2 k mussels
1/2 cup water
salt & pepper to taste
Saute garlic, onion, and ginger in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the onion is translucent. When the onion is translucent add tahong. Make sure that you have washed it thoroughly first and removed those that float. Cook the tahong and stir occasionally for about two minutes. Add water and patis. Let simmer until all the shells have opened. Do not overcook tahong as it will shrink. Before turning off the heat taste the soup to make sure it tastes good. If it’s still lacking in flavor you can add a bit of salt and pepper.
After it was cooked I was still hesitant to eat so I researched online and when I was finally convinced we have no red tide alert in our area that’s when I ate it with gusto. It was so yummy! I can’t believe a food like this can taste so good and yet still so easy to cook. Aside from that, it is so nutritious and so cheap too. Would you believe that it’s only P20 for half a kilo? This means that food doesn’t have to be expensive to be healthy and tasty.