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Steamed Mussels in Chinese Wine

Steamed Mussels 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 when I made this recipe. Normally they will cost slightly over S$3 which is still inexpensive.

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The cooking method is really easy. Just stir fry aromatic shallots and ginger in a wok, then add the cleaned mussels and Chinese wine (Shaoxing or Hua Tiao) 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. It is best to buy the mussels from the fresh market and cook this dish immediately. Try it out!

First posted in Oct 2009, Updated in Jan 2015.

53 comments on “Steamed Mussels in Chinese Wine”

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

    • 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 ;)

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

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

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

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

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

    • 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. 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. ;)

    • 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 :)

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

  7. 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 ….

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

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



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

  10. 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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