I had always wanted to try mussels with French fries every time I go to the North of France. Alas it seemed to be that it was never the season whenever I was there. Finally, the we recently had dinner in a bistrot called Le Fireman in Le Touquet. They served moules-frites so I jumped at the chance!
Mr. H. had often talked about the moules frites from the North of France, so I simply assumed that they were originally from there. Then my friend Sunny, who lives in Belgium, told me that they are originally from Belgium. I looked it up in Wikipedia and she’s right. But then the North of France touches the Belgian border and is like Belgium in many ways anyway.
The mussels we had were bouchot mussels. I didn’t know what these were. Mr. H. explained that they are mussels grown on wooden posts by the sea. the bouchot system makes barnacle free, grit free muscles which are also meatier and better in flavour. He reminded me that I made some photos of some bouchots last year when we were visiting a Northern French seaside village. I’ve dug around my photos and here they are. I think these bouchots aren’t in use anymore, as they would be taller and better maintained.
What did we accompany the moules-frites with? Start of with some Belgian beer of course and then a glass of white wine.