After trimming a bunch of gigantic scallops for another recipe, I had about the equivalent of two large scallops in little pieces and I decided to use them to make the above pictured little snack. I simply diced the pieces and did the same with a little green and red bell pepper, then stirred all this into two beaten eggs along with some salt and pepper and the ‘juice’ thrown off by the scallops.
After frying two small omelettes, I served them both drizzled with a little XO Sauce diluted with a little rice wine. It didn’t photograph up very prettily, I am afraid, but it sure was delicious ….
This particular dish is Asian in spirit but doesn’t belong to any specific cuisine. It calls for the long, slender types of eggplant common to Japanese, or south-east Asian kitchens rather than the fatter, deep purple eggplants more familiar in the west. It could easily be served as a side dish as part of a more complex meal, or eaten alone as a snack or even a simple breakfast… Continue reading “Eggs with Eggplant and Basil”
Quite a while ago, I posted a recipe for a very popular Chinese comfort food consisting of Eggs Stir-fried with Tomatoes. In that post, I noted that various additional ingredients are often added to give a little umami boost to the dish. My wife, for instance, adds Oyster Sauce which is very tasty, although it does give the ages a rather dark appearance. I eventually hit upon the idea of adding Korean fermented shrimp and we like that very much but the product is not easy to come by and our last batch, which my wife brought back from Korea, is now long gone.
I decided to revisit the basic theme using Conpoy (dried Scallop) as the umami additive and it worked very nicely. Instead of tomatoes (having none on hand) I used scallion, and I also added just a bit of chili paste for a little sparkle… Continue reading “Eggs with Scallion and Conpoy”
One of my earliest posts, almost two years ago, was for a very common, and simple, Chinese dish known as 蕃茄炒蛋, or ‘Tomatoes Stir-fry Egg’. Today’s post is for a variation in which tiny, salad-style shrimp replace the eggs. It could feature very nicely as part of a Chinese meal but is actually also very nice just as the egg component of a western-style breakfast… Continue reading “Shrimp and Egg Stir-fry”
Spaghetti Carbonara is a pasta classic and one of my favorites. After having one of the worst examples of it ever served to me at the Medusa Restaurant in Montreal recently, I decided that I would have a go at making it again.
A Carbonara is basically pasta with sautéed bacon to which eggs and cheese are added to make a rich sauce. This alone makes this dish something of a ‘heart attack special’ but heavy cream is also frequently added for a truly decadent deliciousness. Traditionally, either Italian pancetta or guanciale are used as the pork component but in American versions, regular bacon is often substituted. I have made it many times with regular smoked bacon and I actually prefer it to pancetta, but guanciale (or cured hog-jowls) is truly excellent. I have no chance of finding that locally at present but it struck me that uncured pork belly might go very well instead … Continue reading “Experiment: Spaghetti Carbonara with Pork Belly”
You won’t often come across tomatoes stir fried with eggs on a lot of Chinese restaurant menus (at least in the west) but this dish, in various permutations, is actually extremely popular in China. Indeed, it is one of the most common dishes on the menu in factories and schools across the Chinese Republic and many Chinese say that it is the first dish they ever learned to cook. It is, I suppose, something of a comfort food in that nation and it seems to be popular at any time of the day. Continue reading “Experiment: Tomatoes Stir-fry Eggs”