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Steamed Mussels in Chinese Wine

Steamed Mussels in Chinese Wine Recipe

First posted in Oct 2009, Updated in Jan 2015.

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Mussels steamed in Chinese wine is a quick and easy dish to whip up at home. I bought 500 grams mussels at the supermarket for only S$1 during a quick sale. Normally they will cost about S$2+ which is still inexpensive.

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The cooking method is really easy. Just stir fry some aromatics such as shallots and ginger in a wok, then add the cleaned mussels and Chinese wine to steam until the shells are opened. This is so easy, that I almost never order mussels or shell fish when I eat out, as eateries usually charge a premium for seafood. Try it out!

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52 Responses to “Steamed Mussels in Chinese Wine”

  1. Janet @Gourmet Traveller88 — October 7, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

    I like mussels too, glad to learn making in Chinese way! Thanks for sharing!

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    • wiffy replied: — October 9th, 2009 @ 4:02 am

      I think the Chinese way (or at least my way) is the easy way out. No need to add coconut milk, expensive herbs or cream ;)

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  2. tigerfish — October 8, 2009 @ 4:44 am

    so cheap! are they fresh? I prefer clams to mussels…but when there are good mussels, they never go pass me too :D

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    • wiffy replied: — October 9th, 2009 @ 3:56 am

      I like clams too. In fact all kinds of shell fish. I think the ones I bought are quite fresh because all of them opened!

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  3. Little Inbox — October 8, 2009 @ 8:52 am

    I don’t like mussels, but I love to sip the broth. :P

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    • wiffy replied: — October 9th, 2009 @ 3:56 am

      Yes, funnily, the broth is my fave part too :P that’s why I try to scrub the shells cleanly :wink:

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  4. woollycroak — October 8, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

    Which supermarket you go to? I don’t remember it is that cheap!

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    • wiffy replied: — October 9th, 2009 @ 3:57 am

      humble NTUC! I’ve seen similar cheap mussels at shop n save, and cold storage as well. :-)

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      • woollycroak replied: — October 12th, 2009 @ 11:51 am

        I went during the weekend and bought 7 mussels for 2.26 dollars at AMK NTUC. Which NTUC branch you go to?

        • wiffy replied: — October 12th, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

          seven?! what type you buy? Maybe it’s a better/bigger grade of mussels? Is it black/green like what you see in the photo as well? I bought mine at NTUC white sands. But I saw similar price (maybe slightly more expensive) at Taka’s cold storage!

  5. food-4tots — October 8, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

    I am also eyeing for fresh mussels in the supermarket but still haven’t found a good bargain like yours. You are really a great shopper. They go well with pasta too. ;)

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    • wiffy replied: — October 9th, 2009 @ 3:58 am

      For the past few weeks, this has been the prices I see. I bet you can even find a better deal at the market ;) Yeah, I like to get the smaller “lala” clams for making vongole too :)

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  6. Alice — October 8, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

    Look at those mussels… so fresh, juicy and delicious! I bet it must be very satisfying just to savor with it.

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  7. skinnymum — October 8, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

    i loooove mussels!! nice shot, and i am sure yummy too. to me you are a genius. absolutely no idea how to handle mussels, let alone cook them ….

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    • wiffy replied: — October 9th, 2009 @ 3:59 am

      I think the difficulty level of this dish is more “noob” (beginner) than “genius” which suit my level of competency in the kitchen … lol

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  8. Gera @ SweetsFoods — October 9, 2009 @ 5:59 am

    Cheap, quick and a delicious recipe of mussels…I’d like to try it with mirin :)

    Cheers!

    Gera

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    • wiffy replied: — October 12th, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

      sounds good, I think it’ll be nice to add some sake too if you have it ;)

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  9. HoppingHammy — October 9, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    Those mussels are so colorful and green!! Lovely photo!

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  10. petite nyonya — October 9, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

    This is a lovely mussel dish with all its natural flavor intact! I haven’t bought mussels here before. Never knew they are THAT cheap!! Hokay…next week I shall go buy some at NTUC.

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