Tahong and Chorizo


Ingredients:
500 grams fresh mussels(tahong)
1 chorizo sausage, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
1 thumb-sized ginger, finely sliced
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
4 cups rice water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce(patis)
salt and pepper to taste
1 bundle young pepper leaves(dahon ng sili)
1/2 teaspoon saffron

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Wash the mussel thoroughly and drain.
2. Place the mussel in a bowl with water and salt.
3. Cover for several hours or overnight. This will allow the clams to expel sand.

Part 2
1. In a large pot, heat oil then add chorizo. Cook until starts to brown and crisp.
2. Add garlic, onion and ginger then saute for 2 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes then cook until soften.
4. Add mussel and stir fry for 2 minutes.
5. Add rice water and simmer until shells are opened. Add water if necessary.
6. Add fish sauce and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
7. Add young pepper leaves and saffron then turn off the heat.
8. Transfer to serving bowl then serve hot.

Crispy Fried Tahong

Filipino Style Recipe: Crispy fried tahong or mussels is another easy way to cook mussels. This seafood dish is simple to prepare, boil mussels until the shells open. Remove the mussels the coat in flour mixture then fry until golden brown. This is usually serve with spicy vinegar as appetizer or finger-food(pulutan).

Estimated time of preparation: 8 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 10-15 minutes
Good for 3-5 persons.

Ingredients:
1 kilo mussels(tahong), cleaned with beard removed
1 thumb-sized ginger, sliced and pound
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
oil for frying

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, place ginger and mussels with enough water. Bring to boil until the shells open.
2. Drain then remove the mussels from the shell. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, ginger powder, salt and pepper.
2. Dredge the mussels in flour mixture until well coated. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a frying pan, heat oil then fry mussels until golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels.
2. Transfer to serving plate then serve with spicy vinegar.

Adobong Tahong

Filipino Style Recipe: Adobong tahong is another way of cooking mussels. This seafood dish is simple and easy recipe. Like the usual adobo recipe, the mussels stir fried in garlic, onion and ginger. Then cooked in soy sauce, vinegar season with salt.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 10-15 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons.

Ingredients:
1 kilo mussels(tahong), cleaned with beard removed
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 tablespoons vinegar
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, cut in strips
2 pieces bay leaf
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1/2 cup mussels broth
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
sugar, salt to taste

chopped spring onion for garnishing(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, place mussels and ginger then pour enough water. Bring to boil until the shells open.
2. Remove the mussels from the shell. Set aside mussels and the broth.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil and saute onion, garlic and ginger.
2. Add mussels, soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaf, peppercorns and chili flakes.
3. Pour broth and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce is almost absorb.
4. Season with sugar, salt according to taste.
5. Transfer to serving plate then sprinkle with spring onion. Serve with steamed rice.

Baked Buttered Tahong

Filipino Style Recipe: baked buttered tahong or halaan is another easy and simple seafood appetizer dish. Normally the tahong comes stir fried or boiled until shells open and discard the top cover. Top with butter, garlic and grated cheese then baked until melted.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 20-25 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

Ingredients:
1 kilo large tahong(mussels) or halaan(clams)
1/2 cup butter, softened
5 gloves garlic, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 thumb-sized, ginger, minced(optional)
1/2 cup chopped parsley(optional)
1/2 cup grated cheese(quick melt)(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, place ginger and mussels with enough water. Bring to boil until the shells open.
2. Drain and remove top shell. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine butter, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well.
2. Top each mussel meat with mixture and grated cheese then arrange on baking tray.
3. Bake over 250 Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving plate. Done.

Sinabawang Tahong

Filipino Style Recipe: Sinabawang Tahong or Mussel Soup is another seafood dish that usually served by Filipinos. This is similar to Halaan Soup. Another simple recipe but very healthy.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 10-15 minutes
Good for 3-5 persons.

Ingredients:
500 grams fresh mussels(tahong)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
1 thumb-sized ginger, finely sliced
3 fresh tomatoes, chopped
8 oz Sprite Cola
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce(patis)
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 bundle water spinach(kangkong)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Wash the mussel thoroughly and drain.
2. Place the mussel in a bowl with water and salt.
3. Cover for several hours or overnight. This will allow the clams to expel sand.

Part 2
1. In a pot, heat oil and saute garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add tomatoes and saute until soften.
3. Add mussel and stir fry for 2 minutes.
4. Add sprite soda and simmer until shells are opened. Add water if necessary.
5. Add fish sauce and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
6. Add water spinach and simmer for 2 minutes.
7. Remove from heat then serve.

Notes:
1. You may also used petchay(bok choy) or chili leaves