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Crispy Tahong Recipe

Crispy Tahong or Deep Fried Mussels is a Filipino appetizer or pulutan. Deep fried and serve with vinegar sauce.

  • 2 lbs. mussels, removed from shell and cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cooking oil
  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine cornstarch. flour, salt, garlic powder, ground pepper, egg and water. Mix well until the texture becomes smooth.
  2. Heat cooking oil in a deep pot.
  3. Add mussels in the batter and stir.
  4. Deep fry coated mussel one by one in medium heat for 3 minutes or till it turns golden brown.

For Vinegar Dip
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, diluted in 2 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  1. Mix above ingredients aside from cornstarch. Simmer in low heat for few minutes. Add cornstarch, stir well and simmer for few minutes or till thicken.
  2. Remove from heat and serve as dip.

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