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Steamed Mussels in Chinese Wine


Steamed Mussels in Chinese wine
Steamed mussels in Chinese wine

This is easy to whip up at home and so affordable too. I bought 500g mussels at the supermarket for only S$1. I can’t believe how cheap it is to cook this at home. The steps are so easy, this is truly fuss-free cooking at its best. Great for busy weekday nights.

Serves 2

– 500g mussels, scrubbed, beards pull out, discard shells which are broken/chipped (optional: soak in salt water for 1 hour for the mussels to purge out the sand)
– 1/4 cup Chinese wine (see cooking note 1)
– 1/4 cup water
– 3 chilli padi, deseeded, sliced finely (adjust to your liking)
– 2 shallots, chopped finely
– 3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
– 3 slices ginger
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– a few coriander leaves, roughly chopped (for garnishing)


1. Heat oil in wok. Stir fry chilli, shallot, garlic, ginger till fragrant.
2. Add mussels, wine and water, stir evenly to coat mussels in the wine, cover with lid and cook for about 5 minutes. Discard any shells that don’t open. Stir in some coriander leaves for garnishing and serve with rice.

Cooking Notes

1) The Chinese wine usually used in cooking is Hua Diao Jiu 花雕酒 or Shao Xing Jiu 绍兴酒.
2) You can substitute with white wine or sake if you do not have Chinese wine in your pantry.
3) If you add more mussels, increase cooking time by a few more minutes, and halfway through, stir the mussels so that those on top gets to the bottom to ensure even cooking.


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47 Responses to “Steamed Mussels in Chinese Wine”

  1. WizzyTheStick — October 10, 2009 @ 6:00 am

    These look sooo good. Your photo is fantastic. I love those colourful shells.


    • wiffy replied: — October 12th, 2009 @ 11:23 pm

      Thanks … and welcome! :-)


  2. pigpigscorner — October 10, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

    I wish I can get such cheap mussels here too! I rarely see fresh mussels sold at my local sad.


  3. maureen — October 10, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

    looks delicious and certainly cheap!


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

      haha, that’s a really funny phrase :D


  4. foodyjourney — October 11, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

    This looks like another must-try recipe!


  5. Mrs Ergul — October 13, 2009 @ 9:59 am

    Lovely dish! I keep see it in my wet market too!


  6. Rosabela — October 15, 2009 @ 6:01 am

    This meal has everything … simple, inexpensive but above all beautiful. :-)


  7. Susan — October 17, 2009 @ 1:44 am

    Mussels are always the perfect photographer’s “model.” These green-lipped beauties just add to the allure. A fast and elegant meal, Wiffy. You sure you’re a noob? :-)


  8. catherine — January 9, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    I had it today,this is really nice and delicious, WOW!!


  9. Sj — November 29, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    are they really that cheap! I’ve always only seen them frozen… maybe i’ve been looking in the wrong places!