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Old 06-01-2008, 05:24 AM   #1
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Scallop Sashimi

I normally don't run specials with raw scallops since they hardly sell, but we get some really good quality scallops as shown here. Raw fish, beef, and oysters always sell, but scallops don't move very well for some reason. Maybe it's because most people never tried it. Well, whatever the reason, why I don't like to run specials with them is because I spend the time prepping and tweaking the dish, and then it doesn't sell. Then I get irritated.

Anyway, I tried something new tonight, and it actually sold decent considering the amount of covers we had. Kind of a slow Saturday night. I definitely wanted to feature the sweetness of the raw scallop so I didn't want to add really strong flavors which would mask it. I had an idea for a chilled broth and then took it from there. I made a dashi with konbu and water, then flavored it with sake, soy sauce, and miso. I then clarified it, so that I could call it consomme because I'm just so soigne like that. One lady loved the flavors, but she felt that the scallops were cut too thin. Duh, it's sashimi. I have good knife skills. Bite me. Another person who liked the dish suggested we add wasabi to it. We already tried it with wasabi. The dish ended up tasting like....wasabi! But thanks anyway for the suggestion!

Sashimi of Fresh Atlantic Dayboat Scallops
Chilled Soy-Miso Consomme, Shaved Jalapeno, Japanese Cucumber, Micro Radish


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Old 06-01-2008, 05:55 AM   #2
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beautiful presentation. i love scallops, but they have to be cooked....i don't do raw anything (well, veggies i do). and as far as the people who said they though you should change it? too bad. if you liked it nough, you'd eat it again no matter how thin it was....duhhhhhhhhh
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:44 AM   #3
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Sounds really good. A good scallop is a joy. I've nevere had scallops raw but will have to try them next time I go for sushi.

P.S. Try some Tabasco on that dish next time!
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Old 06-01-2008, 02:31 PM   #4
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The thing with raw scallops is, their flavor is very, very delicate and you have to be extremely careful when adding other components like heat, acid, etc. It's not like ahi, hamachi, or oysters which can stand up to a lot of strong flavors.
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Old 06-01-2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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That looks and sound amazing!!! For some reason my eye is looking for something red on the plate. I just think that would make it look just that much better. I do not know what you could use though.
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Old 06-01-2008, 02:41 PM   #6
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That looks and sound amazing!!! For some reason my eye is looking for something red on the plate. I just think that would make it look just that much better. I do not know what you could use though.
You know, I had that same thought when I was working on the dish. I then tried adding some thinly sliced red radish or tobiko but then I tried both and they took away from the scallop flavor. The radish added more bitterness/heat and the tobiko added a salty flavor like bonito. What would have REALLY been good was if we had some red jalapenos or thai chilis in house, but we only had the green ones.
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Interesting. First thing that popped into my mind was radish.

In any event, I am drooling over the thought of this dish.
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Old 06-01-2008, 04:31 PM   #8
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Dish looks good, I'm assuming some pickled ginger would be too strong for this one.

I made 2 lbs of pan seared jumbo scallops for my family last night, just butter, salt and pepper.
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Looks really good. I would definitely try a scallop sashimi if it was offered where I dined. I rarely see it available so it would be a great dish to try.
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That looks simply fantastic. Never tried raw scallop....I reckon I will have to.
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