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How to Cook Suwam na Tahong (Stewed Mussels with Papaya)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Seafood Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Manny


  • 1 kilo fresh large tahong mussels
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 cups diced unripe papaya
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp. ginger strips
  • 2 Tbsp. patis
  • 1 tsp. MSG or granulated seasoning
  • 4 cups rice water
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • chili pepper leaves dahon ng sili
  • salt to taste


    How to cook Suwam na Tahong:

    • To clean the mussels, put them on a basin with water just enough to cover the shells. Put a teaspoon of salt. Leave them for at least an hour to expel the dirt and grime. After an hour, wash and drain and set aside.
    • Saute garlic until brown. Set aside. Saute ginger until brown then add the onions and saute until soft.
    • Add in patis and stir for 3 minutes then add the rice water and papaya. Cover and bring to a boil.
    • When papaya is half done, season with MSG, salt and pepper then add the mussels.
    • Boil until the shell open up. Lastly add the pepper leaves. Serve hot.