Chilli Basil Mussels


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Simple Food

Simple Food

By Jill Dupleix

Published 2002

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Enticing, invigorating, exciting and exotic, this is a great dish of Thai flavours for mussel lovers.


  • 2 kg mussels
  • bunch of basil
  • bunch of mint


Scrub the mussels well, pulling out the little beards, and discard any that do not close when sharply tapped. Pick the basil and mint leaves from their stems.

Heat the oil in a wok, and stir-fry the garlic and ginger for just 30 seconds. Carefully add the wine and boil for 30 seconds, then add the fish sauce, chillies and half the mussels. Cover and steam for 1 minute, shake the pan, th