Mao's Mussels (Black Beans and Chilli) Recipe

Mao's Mussels (Black Beans and Chilli)

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  • 1Kg Fresh or Frozen New Zealand Mussels
  • 4-5 Hot Chilli Peppers
  • 1 Large Tablespoon of Blackbeans
  • 1-2 Spring Onions
  • 5-6 Cloves of Garlic
  • Nugget of ginger
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cornflour
  • Freshly Boiled Water (a little bit)
  • Vegetable Oil

Serves 2-4 People.

How to make Mao's Mussels (Black Beans and Chilli)

This is a Cantonese Seafood staple. Having watched members of my family cooking this dish for years I attempted it for the first time a couple weeks ago, and it was decent! (see pic).

Prep (spices).

  1. Wash, de-seed and dice chillis.
  2. Dice garlic (un-cloved), ginger (grated) and spring onions (washed).


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a wok
  2. Add diced spices, stir and allow to sizzle and release their flavours for a few minutes.
  3. Add black beans and then the Mussels, stir (bottom to top, slowly and evenly..).
  4. Add a few generous splashes of soy sauce, sugar and freshly boiled water - stir.
  5. Allow to cook for few more minutes.
  6. Add cornflour mixed with hot water as thickener if preferred.

Serve with boiled Thai fragrant rice. Enjoy!

  • tommy
    tommy says

    1 kg of mussels! Who did you cook for?

  • Edwin
    Edwin says

    Me and a friend, I can put food away like a theres no tommorow!

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    yum mussels!

  • Joe
    Joe says

    I gotta try this!! yummmm

  • MsNyanko
    MsNyanko says

    Will try it with clams ^0^ good with beer?

  • Edwin
    Edwin says

    Yeah most seafood is good with Beer right? hmmmm..

  • mapocathy
    mapocathy says

    hmmm... delicious Found out in Asda they sold fresh Mussels (of course Waitrose as well)...

  • yrf
    yrf says

    I might try this one soon.

  • sunshine87
    sunshine87 says

    i never though about ever adding black beans.. but its basically how i learn to cook mussels.. try adding basil towards the end for that "thai" effect..wonderful dish

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