Charlotte Soups Recipe List

The Fig Tree Restaurant

1601 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

Billi Bi (Cream of Mussel Soup with Saffron)

6 Servings


3 pounds Pei Mussels
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
1/3 cup chopped shallots
5 sprigs parsley
3 sprigs thyme
1 cup heavy cream
1 large egg yolk
1 pinch of saffron


  • Scrub mussels under running water to remove beards and grit
  • Cover & steam mussels in wine with shallots and herbs until mussels open (Discard any unopened mussels)
  • Remove mussels from shells and allow to cool. (Optional: Save a few mussels in shells for garnish)
  • Strain liquid through a sieve into a large pot
  • Wish egg, cream and saffron in a small bowl
  • Temper cream mixture with the mussel broth
  • Bring broth to a simmer
  • Add the mussels to the broth
  • Season with sea salt and white pepper

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