Tinolang tahong na may malunggay, Filipino mussel soup with moringa

Mmmm, my mouth is watering from just smelling this dish may friend said after taking a big whiff of her bowl with Tinolang tahong, I haven’t eaten mussels or moringa for ages.  OMG and a big sigh followed after her first spoonful.

This ginger broth dish  is a simple Filipino dish traditionally made with chicken, wedges of green papaya, and leaves of the siling labuyo(local chili), chili pepper in a broth flavored with ginger, onions and fish sauce, but this shell fish dish is becoming just as popular.

Moringa leafs, spinach and tomato are also ingredients commonly used. In this recipe i used Moringa leafs. Moringa oleifera is today known as one of the worlds super foods, it contains more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than for example spinach. You can buy Moringa dietary supplements, but I like to use it as a vegetable in soups and stew. If you want to read up on these leaves, you can google Moringa Oleifera.

Try this Tinolang Tahong recipe and add a little boost to your day. This mussel soup recipe is simple, budget-friendly, delicious and it is quick to prepare. It takes about 15 minutes to cook this dish.

If you try it, let me know what you think.


1 lb. mussels (tahong), cleaned
2 cups moringa leafs(drumstick leafs)
1 medium sliced onion
5 cloves garlic, pounded
2 tbsp chopped ginger
3 cups water
5 birds eye chilis or as much as you want.
3-5 tbsp fish sauce(adjust this to your liking)
½ tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp cooking oil

Heat pot or pan with cooking oil.
Saute garlic and onion untill the onions are shiny, add ginger and keep sauteing for about a minute or so.
Then add the water, fish sauce, chilis and pepper, bring the liquid to a boil.

When boiling add the mussels and place a lid over your pot or pan and cook until the mussels open up.

Turn down the heat and add the moringa leafs.
Allow the residual heat to cook the leafs.
Serve and enjoy.

Filipino mussle soup

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