Watercress is prized in Asian cuisine for its peppery flavor and in this dish stands up to the sweet spiciness of the mussels in a coconut-laced red curry sauce. If you can find it in your market, use Thai basil for the garnish--it adds a unique sweet anise flavor that will make the dish taste all the more authentic.
Note: Red curry paste and fish sauce, typical Thai ingredients, can be found in the Asian food section of large supermarkets.
Tip: To clean mussels, scrub with a stiff brush under cold running water. Scrape off any barnacles using the shell of another mussel. Pull off the fuzzy “beard” from each one (some mussels may not have a beard).
273 calories; protein 23.7g; carbohydrates 15.8g; dietary fiber 0.6g; sugars 3.7g; fat 12.8g; saturated fat 6.1g; cholesterol 47.6mg; vitamin a iu 2036.4IU; vitamin c 39.3mg; folate 76.1mcg; calcium 100.6mg; iron 6mg; magnesium 45.7mg; potassium 437.5mg; sodium 588.7mg; thiamin 0.3mg; added sugar 3g.