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Japanese-style Butter and Soy Sauce fried Scallops and Asparaguses

Green asparaguses are still on the market and cheaper fresh small (“baby”) scallops are readily available.
Here is a very simple snack that should please even kids all over the world!

INGREDIENTS: for 2 people

-Baby scallops: 16
-Gree asparaguses: 4 thin to medium thickness
-White wine or Japanese sake: 2 tablespoons
-Butter: as appropriate, about 10 grams
-Soy sauce: 1~1.5 tablespoons
-Salad oil: as appropriate

RECIPE

Boil the asparaguses lightly (60%) and cut in small trunks.

pour some salad oil in a frypan.
Drop in the baby scallops and fry for a lttle while. Add white wine or sake. Turn fir to low. Cover with lid and steam fry for a while.

After the wine or sake has almost completely reduced, add the asparaguses, soy sauce and butter.
Stir or sautee a couple of times and serve!

So simple and delicious!

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Japanese Shellfish Species 3: Oysters-kaki-牡蠣

Oysters! One would be hard put to find a produce from the sea more internationally recognized as a gourmet’s choice! Moreover, it is the only shellfish you could survive on if you got marrooned on a desert island! It is a complete food in irself if consumed raw.
For a long time (that is before coming to Japan), I had thought that my country, France, was the place to eat them. Well, I must admit it was a little pretentious from me, especially in the light that more than half of the oysters consumed back at home originated from Japan!

Now the Japanese has come with many ways of appreciating them:

As in the picture above they would eat them as sashimi with a dash of wasabi and soy sauce.

-Or just a little lemon juice as in Euope, Americas or Oceania.

-Or in another Japanese fashion, with ponzu and momijioroshi (succulent!)

-Or, and here Japanese and foreigners are simply crazy about them, as “kakifrai”, deep-fried oysters in batter and breadcrumbs with a nice tartare sauce!

-Or finally, and I would recommend the experience to all foreigners, as “kaki-gohan”, either with oysters steamed together with the rice, or cooked apart in light broth poured over a bowl of freshly steamed rice!

Of course, any good sushi restaurants will serve oysters as nigiri or gunkan!

In Japan, oysters come from various areas, mainly Hiroshima, Iwate and so on.
As for Shizuoka Prefecture, oysters mainly come from Hamanako inland salted lake near Hamamatsu City.

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Japanese Shellfish Species 2: Scallops-Hotategai-帆立貝

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Hotategai/帆立貝, or Scallops, is another worldwide favourite and also a source of dispute caused by illegal poaching, international or domestic.
The season is summer and the shellfish is sometimes called Akitagai/秋田貝, as of Akita Prefecture.
They are caught off Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures.
The domestic production/catch is over 300.000 tonnes a year, while 400 tonnes are imported from China as whole Scallops and 700 tonnes as the muscle part only (“kaibashira/貝柱”). Japanese scallops will be significantly larger than the Chinese.

Of course, they are much appreciated as sashimi, but also as sushi:
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(pic taken at Sushi Ko in Shizuoka City)

They are also much appreciated cooked/grilled in the shell with just a little shoyu and sake:
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Actually, a good-class sushi restaurant will serve the muscle part as sashimi or sushi, and will serve the rest of the shellfish cooked in light broth inside the shell later!

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Japanese Cuisine: Scallops & Grapefruit

The Japanese will often combine seafood and fruit in simple and beautiful recipes. Not to mention they are also very healthy!
How about this one:

Scallops and Grapefruit!

INGREDIENTS: For 5 people

-Scallops: 5~10 (depending on size. Use fresh raw ones, please!)
-Grapefruit: 1
-Wakame seaweed: as appropriate
-Trefoil: 1 bsmall bunch (or any suitable green leaf vegetable)
-Lemon juice: 2 tablespoons
-Sugar: a little
-Salt: a pinch
-Light soy sauce: a little
-Olive oil (EV): 4 tablespoons

RECIPE:

-Cut each scallop across the width into 2 or 3 slices. Heat some water to which you have added a little salt and Japanese sake (not included in ingredients). Dip the sliced scallops in it for a short time and drain them.

-Cut the wakame seaweed into 2cm wide strips. Drop them in the hot water used for the scallops. Let them warm up, take them out and drain them.

-Drop the trefoil in above hot water and leave theminside for 30 seconds. Take out. Drain thoroughly and cut into 2~3 cm long pieces.

-Peel the grapefruit and cut wedges into 2 or 3 bits.

-In a bowl, drop the lemon juice, sugar, salt, light soy sauce and mix well. Add olive oil little by little mixing all the time.

-I serving plates, arrange the scallops, wakame, grapefruit, trefoil in that order twice (look at picture above).

-Pour the dressing from the side.

Enjoy this simple appetizer with white wine or Japanese sake!

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Wine-marinated Scallops and their Red and White Wine Jelly

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It’s Summer.
That is when French and Japanese cuisines tend to fuse in a new natural dimension with the need for lighter gastronomic ventures.

here is a simple recipe that will impress your friends:
Wine-marinated Scallops and its Red and White Wine Jelly!

INGREDIENTS: For 4 persons

-Scallops: 12 large
-Red wine (Chinon, or a wine both spicy and solid, but not too heavy): 450 ml
-White wine (Loire or Vouvray, or a slightly sweet white wine): 200 ml
-Gelatin: 6 sheets
-Olive oil (EV): 2 large tablespoons
-Green leaves of your choice: ~250 g
-Salt & pepper to taste

RECIPE:

-Marinate the scallops in 250 ml of red wine for 2 hours.

-Drop the gelatin sheets in a bowl filled with cold water.
Separately heat both wines slowly to lukewarm in two pans.
Take gelatin sheets out of cold water bowl, drain them and add 3 of each to each wine pan.
Wait until gelatin has dissolved.
Pour the wine jelly into two deep plates or molds.
Put in refrigerator until jelly has completely solidified.

-ake the scallops out of their marinade.
Cut them into thin slices.
heat and reduce the marinade down to one third. Add olive oil, salt and pepper to marinade.
Let cool completely.

-Clean the vegetable leaves and place at the centre of plates.
Make a rondo/circle of slices callops. Cut the jelly into small cubes and place them over or with the salad.
Pour a spoon of the sauce over the salad.

Enjoy the rest of the wine with it!

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Avocado, scallops & Passion Fruit Carpaccio

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Here is another idea as a summer salad I have just fished out one of my recipe notes.
Although Carpaccio should only apply for beef, indulge the old geezer as far as names are concerned! LOL.

Avocado, Scallops & Passion Fruit Carpaccio:

INGREDIENTS: For 6 persons

-Scallops: 12 large without any roe or strings
-Avocado: 3 ripe, but still firm
-Passion fruit: 3 large maracujas type or 5 small
-Green lemons/limes: 3
-Olive oil (EV): 2 large tablespoons
-Sweet basil: 3 lage leaves
-Salt (to taste)
-Freshly ground black pepper

RECIPE:
-Press the juice out of the green lemons in a bowl. Cut passion fruit in two and strain over the lemon juice to take pips out (discard. You may keep a few for decoration, though).Mix.

-Cut scallops into thin slices and place on a large dish with space betwen them.

-Peel the avocadoes. Cut them in two halves. Dicard nut. Cut avocado into thin slices and place between scallops slices.

-Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and the lemon/passion fruit juice. Sprinkle with olive oil. Cover with cellophane paper and leave iside refrigerator for 2 hours.

-Before serving, thinly cut sweet basil and decorate dish with it.

Best savoured with a dry white wine!

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