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Heat the oil in the saucepan. Add the shallots and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Pour in the mussel broth, stopping when you reach the grit, and simmer until slightly reduced and flavorful, about 4 minutes.
Add the coconut milk, sugar, fish sauce and lime juice to the sauce and simmer over moderate heat until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add the mussels and simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes. Ladle the stew into a large bowl. Serve at once one the rice, passing the cilantro, scallions and lime sections at the table.
Thai red curry, unsweetened coconut milk and Thai fish sauce are available at Asian markets and many supermarkets.
Pair with Kirin Lager from Japan.