Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Steamed Scallops with Fermented Black Beans

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The pain from my recent dental surgery is slowing easing away; I am starting to be able to chew, well, on foods again. After a week of porridge, porridge, and more porridge of various toppings and ingredients, I am sooooo ready to dive back into something I totally miss, that is, seafood...

My dentist has warned me not to go overboard yet as my gum tissues are still raw so steaming is the best cooking style for now. For today's cooking, I picked scallops as I found some succulent ones in the market today. I paired the scallops with fresh enoki mushrooms and heaped in some fermented black beans. After a few minutes of steaming, the scallops and enoki mushrooms were bathed in a lightly flavored broth bursting with
natural sweetness of the scallops and enoki mushrooms. The fermented black beans were simply icing on the cake. Yum.

Chewing has never been this enjoyable and fun. I am glad to have it back.

  • 6 diver scallops
  • 1 stalk scallion (cut into threads)
  • 1 inch young ginger (shredded)
  • 1 pack enoki mushrooms (cut off the roots)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine or sake
  • 1 teaspoon fermented black beans (rinsed with water and mashed)
  • Spread the enoki mushrooms evenly on a plate.
  • Arrange the scallops on top of the enoki mushrooms.
  • Top the scallops with shredded ginger and mashed fermented black beans.
  • Sprinkle rice wine, soy sauce, and sugar over the scallops.
  • Steam for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with scallions and serve hot.

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