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...
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.