Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Steamed Eggs with Fresh Kidney Scallops

Sometime ago, B's Lola found fresh scallops (still in their shells!) from the nearby wet market.  It was the first time I saw kidney-shaped scallops, still in their shells!  Lola claims that this kind of scallops were more tender (and more delicious) that the usual (frozen) "Chinese" scallops that we would buy at the specialty seafood store,

Hubby requested a non-fried dish, so we agreed on steamed eggs.

We removed the scallops from their shells, as well as the roe, and cleaned them.  Then we used the scallops and the roe in a steamed egg dish.  We added straw mushrooms and some ebiko...

To make the soft kind of steamed eggs, a strainer is a necessity to achieve the smooth and silky texture.  This tip was given to me by B's Lola.  And, it is true!  I noticed that when I was lazy and did not strain the mixture, the top would have "craters" and there would be bubble holes inside the "custard". 

Anyway, our standard "recipe" is to mix 4 jumbo eggs with 1-1/2 cups of filtered water (sometimes broth, if we had some), and a dash of light soya sauce.  The mixture is strained and poured into a shallow Pyrex dish.  The roe and sliced straw mushrooms (we used canned straw mushrooms) were scattered into the egg mixture.  Steam the dish over simmering water (not on high heat or boiling water) for about 15 to 20 minutes, then place the scallops (decoratively) on top of the almost solid steamed eggs.  Steam another 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the size of the scallops) and just before serving, top the scallops with a dollop of ebiko.  Finish with a dash of sesame oil!  Garnish with slices of green leeks, if desired.

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