Sunday, February 27, 2011

Japanese style baked green mussels

I wasn't a fan of sushi when I first moved to the USA. We'd go to sushi restaurants and for 5 years I'd order the chicken teriyaki. When that got boring I broadened my horizons and tried a rainbow roll.
Baked Green Mussels, a popular appetizer at sushi restaurants, were a favoritemostly because they were listed on the menu as 'New Zealand Green Mussels', but they're pretty fantastic.

It took me a while to figure out the sauce .. but I managed.

Grill for about 5 minutes. Overdo it and the sauce will dry out and the whole mussel will begin to pop.

Bar the garnish, they taste the same.

Hoisin sauce is the brown sauce in the top image, which is optional. It's a sweet rich sauce almost chocolate like. Usually on unagi.

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