A few weeks ago, my local asian supermarket (T&T Supermarket) had live scallops on sale for $4.99/lb! At first, I was a bit hesitant to buy some because I have never made live scallops ever in my life and I don’t remember recall knowing how to make them either. So all this time I have been eating scallops that came from the freezer. You know, the big white round ones which shrinks to half its size after you cook them.
Well, I was in for a treat tonight! My girlfriend and I decided to take on a challenge together, scallops night!!
First thing is buying the scallop, we had no idea how to pick the “good” ones. And you can’t really tell because the shells are clamped together. We were lucky enough to have one of the staff working in the seafood department to pick it out for us. He actually dug through a bunch, draining all the water out so that the weight is less when they weight it! What a nice guy! And because I didn’t speak mandrain and he did, my girlfriend had to pretty much interpret what I said to him. We bought 8 scallops altogether and it came to a total of around $22. That’s only $2.75 for each scallop!! I doubt you can get it for that price eating out, in fact, I don’t know a lot of places that have live scallops! Oh and one more important thing, T&T Supermarket will help you open the shell at request, so you don’t have to do the job at home!
Notice there are two types, the close up one is all white and the one in the sink has that orange colour thing. At first, I thought it was good and bad quality. But, then I thought about it some more, it makes more sense if one was male and one was female. Does anybody know the reason?
The best way to eat fresh seafood is to eat them raw! I’m joking. I don’t think we can for this type of scallop at least. We decided to go chinese style tonight: steamed garlic & sweet soy sauce scallop! It was actually not too hard to make. So, here’s a little tips and steps, for reference.
- Wash the scallops throughly, sprinkle with salt and let it sit in cold water for at least an hour.
- Wash the scallops again before marinating and drain throughly.
- Top it off with fresh diced garlic.
- Steam for 15 minutes at boiling point.
- Simmer with hot sweet soy sauce.
- And serve!
Results: it was sweet and delicious. It’s definitely worth the price and cooking it at home.
Have you tried other ways of cooking it? Let me know down below.