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Stir-Fry Black Mussels

Fresh black pacific mussels are both sweet and tender. This dish may be served either as an appetizer or as an entire meal for two.

1 bag black pacific live mussels (2-pounds)
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
½ cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons oyster sauce*
2 tablespoons rice or cooking sherry wine
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

Discard any opened mussels, if any. Wash and scrub the mussels. Crush, peel and finely chop the garlic. In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water together and set aside.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok over medium high-heat. When the oil is hot, brown garlic for a few seconds. Add chicken broth, oyster sauce, wine, salt and sugar. Cook and stir until the mixture is brought to a boil. Add cleaned mussels to wok. Stir-fry for approximately 3 to 4 minutes, until all the mussels’ shells are opened. Push the mussels to the sides of the wok. Stir again and add the dissolved cornstarch to the sauce in the center of wok. Stir until the sauce thickens. Thoroughly mix the sauce with the mussels and serve hot.

Makes 2 to 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 6 minutes

*Oyster sauce by the bottle is sold at the Asian section of the most supermarkets. After opening, it can be stored for several months in the refrigerator.

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