How To Make Sinabawang Tahong

Once in a while called tinolang tahong or sinabawang tahong, gingered mussel soup is the most central and the most notable technique for cooking new mussels in the Philippines.

Most by far make mussel soup by adding the mussels to the dish before pouring in the water. I don’t. I let the water bubble first BEFORE including the mussels. That way, I don’t overcook the mussels. The fastest and most easy way to deal with annihilate any fish dish is by overcooking. As opposed to meat, fish turns chewy and rubbery with overcooking. Besides, they contract like anything.


Along these lines, I incorporate the mussels when the water is on a moving air pocket. The foaming subsides after the mussels are remembered for light of the way that the temperature drops. After the water bubbles again, it just takes a couple of moments for the mussels to cook completely. Here, let me give you how I cook gingered mussel soup.

I used to cook sinabawang tahong every Sunday morning resulting to purchasing new fish and produce from close by farmers in the market. In the Philippines we for the most part eat new tahong particulary the Asian green mussel (Perna viridis) since the effortlessly is abundant and it’s sold in any event costly expense. The Filipino type of arranging mussels is exceptionally essential – make a soup out of it and update its flavor with ginger and various flavors.

How might you plan mussels before cooking?

The snappiest technique to prepare mussels before cooking is to sprinkle them for in any occasion 10 minutes and wash them inside and out in running water. Brush the shells to remove any earth and debeard them. In case you are using set mussels, by then you just need to defrost them and guarantee they are great.

How much does it take to cook mussels?

Mussels are done when open up their shells. This takes around 3-4 minutes of cooking over medium warmth. Shucked mussels or those without the shell can be cooked for around 2-3 minutes.

How to know whether Tahong is still new?

Tahong can be bought new, cemented or spared (canned). Whichever market structure you pick, essentially guarantee the mussels are sourced from flawless, uncontaminated waters. If you are purchasing new tahong, the shells should be flawless and solidly shut. Some live mussels in spite of everything move regardless, when they are appeared so their shells close when you tap them. Mussels go with the smell of the sea anyway noxious ones are not okay. If mussels don’t open when they are cooked, it doesn’t generally suggest that they are horrible. Endeavor to open them and if you consider that to be mussel inside is up ’til now immaculate, has splendid yellow orange concealing and doesn’t smell dreadful, by then they still extraordinary to eat.


Filipino Spices Used for Sinabawang Tahong

Mussels are delicate in flavor with the scent and taste of the sea. We, Filipinos redesign its flavor by cooking it with our local flavors – ginger, onions, garlic, tomatoes, lemon grass, and spring onions. Through my eyes, mussels soup is best cooked when there’s ginger. Verdant greens included would fuse “kamote” (sweet potato) tops or leaves, moringa, bok choy, alugbati (malabar spinach) or sili (bean stew) leaves. For this equation, I included bean stew leaves since I think it best enhancements the kind of the mussels.

The best technique to cook gingered mussel soup (tinolang tahong or sinabawang tahong), stage 1: Scrub and flush the mussels. Pull out the facial hair.

I start by retaining the mussels water. In the cooler. For around six hours. The shells open for the most part which makes it less difficult to pull out the stubbles. So I expel the mussels from the refrigerator, wash them a couple of times, wipe them and pull out the bristles. By and by, they’re good to go into the pot.

The best technique to cook gingered mussel soup (tinolang tahong or sinabawang tahong), stage 2: Saute shallots, ginger and garlic

In a little oil, I saute cuts of ginger, a few cloves of garlic and a pitifully cut shallot. I hold up until the scent fills the kitchen by which time the flavors should have imperceptibly mellowed.

By then, I pour in water. Four to six cups for an enormous segment of a kilo of new mussels. Besides, fish sauce and pepper to taste.

Directions to cook gingered mussel soup (tinolang tahong or sinabawang tahong), stage 4: Bring the water to the air pocket by then drop in the mussels.

I hold on for the water the go to a moving air pocket before dropping in the mussels. Exactly when the stock (genuinely, it is stock at this stage) arrives at breaking point, essentially believe that the mussels will open. Check a couple of moments, dependent upon the size of the mussels, by then mood killer the glow.

  1. Remove beard and clean mussels well with a toothbrush under running water.

  2. In a pot, heat oil and sauté the onions, garlic and ginger. Add tomato if desired, I prefer none to keep the sea taste in the soup. Mash in pot.

  3. Once onions are translucent, place 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, drop in mussels, add enough water to reach the mussels on top of the pot (water would depend on your pot size. Less water = more flavour). Season with drops of fish sauce. Sprinkle some fresh ground pepper. Cover.

  4. Simmer until shells open. Remove any scum rising to the top. Taste and adjust according to desired saltiness and ginger spiciness- use fish sauce, salt, pepper, drop in chili, if desired, add more ginger if needed. Simmer 3 minutes more.

  5. Discard shells that did not open. These were dead when they were bought, and unsafe to eat.

  6. Add spinach or pepper leaves if desired. (None added in photo) Garnish with chopped green onions. Stir. Turn off heat and cover to cook leaves in residual heat. Serve and enjoy.



1 tablespoon oil

1 little onion stripped and cut gently

2 cloves garlic stripped and minced

2-inch size ginger stripped and julienned

1 enormous tomato sliced

1 tablespoon fish sauce

4 cups water

2 pounds half-shell hardened mussels defrosted

salt and pepper

1 pack new spinach stems cut


Warmth a cooking pot and pour-in cooking oil.

Saute garlic and onion.

Incorporate ginger and mussels, and a while later cook for a second.

Pour-in water. let bubble. Cook for 5 minutes.

Put-in the spinach or hot pepper leaves. Cook for 3 minutes.

Incorporate salt (or fish sauce) and pepper. Blend.

Move to a serving bowl. Serve. Share and appreciate.

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