Mussel is the common name used for several members of the clam family, either from salty or fresh water. What the mussel group has in common is a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with other edible and rounded clams.
Enjoy this authentic Chinese mussel recipe for seafood lovers.
This peculiar looking meal is rich in selenium, vitamin B12, zinc, folate, calcium, and omega 3 polyunsaturates, and it’s high in protein.
When buying mussels, look for bright, clean, tightly closed and unbroken shells. Fresh mussels smell briny-fresh, not “fishy,” and they are best eaten within a day of buying.
Before you start cooking, discard any open mussels that don’t close with a sharp tap. Pull out the beards and scrub the shells under cold running water using a stiff brush to expel any grit.
As a fun fact, nacre (mother-of-pearl) extracted from mussel shells was widely used to make buttons, before plastics, and is still used in jewelry making today.
Now you are ready to try this stir-fried mussels with spicy ginger and black beans sauce recipe.