Friday, October 12, 2007

Garlic Butter Scallops


I spied newly arrived US scallops at Recipes House recently and decided life's too short to scrimp on luxuries. Actually, that's my habit whenever I'm not feeling good. As a student I used to indulge in giant fresh scallops whenever I was unhappy and if I was really, really unhappy I'd eat something like a giant chocolate eclair. That was better than taking valium which my French-Canadian landlady used to pop every morning. The only way I cooked fresh scallops was in congee (in place of dried scallops, which were hard to find then), and I'd eat my congee with Marmite! What a waste huh? But my spirits were always lifted after I indulged my stomach.

Today I butter-garlicked my scallops, and teri-yakied one of them, just to see. I think both were good but at RM4.50/US$1.30 each (RM99/kg) I couldn't help but think: is it tasty just because it's so expensive?? And how come food I used to think taste heavenly are so-so when I'm older or when I can afford to eat them? Is it that 'the harder things come by the more you want' syndrome?

I've done garlic-butter prawns and they taste even better besides being much cheaper:

Garlic-Butter Prawns
1/2kg fresh scallops or yellow prawns (shelled, tails on)
1/4 cup veg oil
50g salted butter
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 T fresh parsley, chopped finely
1 small bird's eye (or others) chili, minced
1/4 t salt, pepper & pinch of chicken granules

1. Marinade the seafood in the salt, pepper and chicken granules (optional;will give it a more umami taste) for 20 min.
2. Put oil and butter in fry-pan over low heat and melt the butter. Add the garlic, saute a few seconds and add the seafood. When almost done (do not overcook), add remaining ingredients. Best served immediately.


Anonymous said...

My fiance liked scallop for his birthday and I searched internet on scallop recipe, and I was so glad to hit your blog. I made the GBS according to your recipe and it really turned out well. Thank you and I really enjoy reading your blog.

Anonymous said...

I like the pictures of your scallop, especially the single brownish scallop; it looks so delicious....

Terri @ hungerhunger said...

glad to be of help...keep on reading :)

Rasa Malaysia said...

Your garlic butter scallops are soooooo delicious looking. Recipe bookmarked...gotta make them!

Thanks! :)

Terri @ hungerhunger said...

ratu m'sia: do u understand cantonese? "Ng gum dong!" thank u for visiting...did u get my email?

ekeng said...
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ekeng said...

wow...look so delicious..but the scallop are a bit pricey. RM99/kg
Really love the garlic butter scallop.

Anonymous said...

I have been scouring the internet for a garlic butter scallop recipe that wasn't too involved and I could whip up quickly! And this is awesome. Bookmarked for later use!

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