Lemongrass contains citrol, the same flavor component that's in lemon zest, and has a similarly citrus-like flavor and aroma that's especially prized in Southeast Asian cuisines.
Mussels' rich taste of the sea goes beautifully with spicy-sweet curries like this one. You can also make the dish with littleneck clams—or both mussels and clams. You'll want a loaf of crusty bread or a pot of jasmine rice on hand to sop up the sauce.
Recipe: Thai Red Curry Mussels