Saturday, January 31, 2009

Scallops with Mixed Vegetables

The sea scallop is the largest of the scallops. They can be bought fresh or frozen. The raw meats are creamy white in color and sometimes slightly orange due to the food (algae) they consume. Scallops have a distinct, sweet odor when they are fresh.There are many ways to prepare scallops. Always take care not to overcook them; they toughen easily. As soon as they lose their translucence and turn opaque, they are done, Sea scallops may be broiled, kabobed, stir- fried, baked, or microwaved. There are many recipes for scallops. If you plan to put them in a sauce, it's best to cook the scallops and the sauce separately and then combine them; otherwise, water will cook out of the scallops and make your sauce runny.

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10 large sea scallops
Freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup fresh lotus root - sliced
1/4 cup carrot - sliced
4 - 5 dried shitake mushrooms - soaked and sliced
2 slices fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 stalk spring onions - cut into 1 inch length
1 tbsp shaoxing cooking wine


2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp soya sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp cornstarch/tapioca starch + 1 tbsp water
a dash of pepper


Nuke lotus root and carrot with 2 tbsp water in the microwave on high for 1 minute.

Mix the sauce ingredients together.

Lay the scallops out on a board, pat dry with kitchen paper and then season one side with salt and pepper.

Heat 1 tbsp oil over high heat in a frying pan large enough to hold the scallops. Scallops too close together in a pan will steam rather than pan-fry.

When the oil is very hot, add the seasoned scallops, and cook for 2 – 3 minutes, until the underside turns golden brown, depending on the size of the scallops. Turn the scallops over and cook for 2 – 3 minutes more. Except for turning them over the one time, do not move the scallops or fidget with them while they cook. Tip the pan onto a plate lined with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok and fry the ginger until fragrant.

Add in the mushrooms and garlic and saute/stir fry.

Pour the tbsp of shaoxing wine to the side of the wok.

Add in the lotus root, carrot and the sauce mixture and cook until sauce thickens.

Add in the seared scallops and mix well.

Add in the spring onions.

Serve hot.


1 comment:

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