Friday, March 19, 2010

Garlic Steamed Scallops

This is a dish that I had in Hong Kong and Singapore and I absolutely adored it. There are these restaurants with live seafood. You go up to the tanks, pick what you want and tell them how you want it prepared. This is a picture of the tanks at one of the restaurants on Lamma Island in Hong Kong. So fresh and delicious!

My favorite dish to order at these types of restaurants was the garlic steamed scallops. Humongous fresh scallops, steamed with garlic and glass noodles. Yum, yum, YUM!

I'm not sure what else they put in because as I tried to recreate it, it just wasn't quite the same. If you've ever had this dish, please help me out and let me know what I'm missing. I'm dying to recreate it properly.

In the meantime, here is what I did...

Ingredients:
- Sea scallops
- Glass noodles
- Garlic
- Scallions
- Sea salt
- Oil (I used sesame, but I suggest using olive oil or butter instead)

Directions:
- Soak the glass noodles in hot water until soft. They should be pretty much cooked since they won't be steaming for long.
- Finely dice/crush the garlic.
- Lay down a bed of the noodles, then the scallop, then a generous dollop of garlic and a bit of chopped scallions.
- Sprinkle sea salt on top and drizzle a bit of oil on top. I used sesame oil, but the flavor was way too strong. I'm thinking maybe olive oil or butter would be better.
- Place it in a steamer for about 5-10 minutes or until the scallop is cooked (be careful not to over cook them).

19 comments:

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Anything cook with scallop, sure taste good ! Yummy!

lisaiscooking said...

Wow, sounds fresh and delicious. You can't go wrong with scallops!

Claudia said...

Fresh, scrumptious and you made it so lovely. Almost a shame to dig into it. But I would....

TabzChewy said...

this looks totally mouth watering...As a question, have you ever considered steaming everything without the garlic on top? I feel like if you did that, then made some fresh garlic oil on the top and topped it with that, it'd add a nice fragrance...

but then again, I've never tried it myself XD I've only seen my dad do it haha

Hope that, health-wise, everything is going well with you! :]

gaga said...

TabzChewy - What a great idea, I'll give that a try next time. I do love garlic oil!

Joanne said...

Garlic? Scallops? What a perfect dish.

noobcook said...

I love the generous amount of garlic. Love this dish!

Pete said...

Wow, can taste the scallop natural sweetness! Nice and simple recipe!

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Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great way of preparing scallops! I love garlic!

Cheers,

Rosa

Katy ~ said...

I really like this idea and our allergic to everything kid could have this. I'll have to do a little search but it has such possibilities. My word verification is "think" LOL

TasteHongKong said...

I believe you have got the ingredients right : ). What most restaurants will do is to pour on the scallops and garlic a generous amount of boiling oil after steamed, and the sizzling plus reaction shall help bring out the flavors of both of them. Add a dash of soy sauce while reducing some salt if you wish to. Just to share.

gaga said...

O, thanks so much for the tip! I'll definitely give that a try next time. Thanks!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

Wow! All that fresh fish looks totally delicious cooked to order! Your noodle dish looks great!

Catherine said...

Wow this looks good Gaga! I haven't had scallops in so long- and now I have a reason to buy them!

Sook said...

Mmm garlic is definitely my favorite basic ingredients! It is so good with scallops, too. Yum!

Tangled Noodle said...

Love this scallop dish! How I wish there were restaurants with cook-to-order live seafood here, but no such luck. Guess it means I'll have to plan a trip to HK and Singapore! 8-)

MaryMoh said...

Looks delicious. I love scallop. I got to learn how to cook scallop! Thanks for sharing.

oak dining room table said...

Seafood is always the best. They are healthy and very tasty especially when they are fresh from the catch!