We love baked tahong.  It’s a favorite by almost everyone.  Whenever we bring this to potluck parties, it’s gone within 5 minutes of serving.  We haven’t cooked it recently though because it’s very labor intensive, has a lot of trash (shells) and we love it with lots of butter and cheese which is quite expensive.

However, we saw a photo of baked tahong posted on FB by one of our friends and Jon asked if we could have it for lunch.  I readily agreed.  I actually planned to make pizza today but since we’ve all missed this, even the children were excited to have it for lunch.  And because today was marketing day, it was the best time to have it.

We bought 2 kg and we put it in a small container with water and salt for about an hour.  We then put the mussels in a pan, covered it and put it over the stove for about 2 minutes.  This is just to cook it  a bit and for the mussels to open.  Discard any mussels that didn’t open.  Take off the top shell and remove any hair from the meat.

Next, we have to prepare the topping.  Chop a full head of garlic and mix with about a cup of butter and a cup of cheese.  We usually use a food processor for this but when we tried to use it earlier, it died on us so we had to do it by hand.  Top the mussels with the mixture.

Bake at about 180 degrees C for maybe 15 min.  I didn’t really check the time and took them out when it was golden brown.

This is so great with beer but since we had it for lunch, we had rice and soft drinks with the meal.  And, in like 15 minutes, it’s all gone.  I want more…