Posts Tagged ‘Whole Foods Westlake’
I grew up eating seafood – steamed whole fish, prawn dumplings, crab stir-fried with ginger and spring onions, lobster with egg noodles, squid balls in hot pots. But we rarely cook seafood at home, except for baked or barbecued salmon. I worry about how to prepare seafood for cooking, I’m concerned that I’ll overcook it and ruin the delicate flesh. When I read that Whole Foods Westlake was having a one day sale of scallops a couple of Fridays ago, I added the accompanying scallops three ways happy hour to my calendar. For five dollars, it was good value to ‘taste a trio of scallop preparations’.
I arrived early and there were only a handful of people in the dining area. The counter was brightened by a colourful posy of flowers. I sat and watched Chef Hayden cook the display dish, he expertly answered questions while chopping and plating.
I miss cooking with gas immensely. I was transfixed by the portable induction stove, with three plump scallops sizzling. Convenient and lightweight, this would be a welcome addition to my kitchen!
The dining area is in a front corner of the store. With floor to ceiling windows, it is a light and airy space. On a jade green plate were a generous serving of scallops, clockwise from top: scallop and Oregon Bay shrimp sunomono with cucumber and radish; seared scallops with ginger miso butter and sweet broiled eggplant; and spicy scallop pokē with seaweed, red chilli, shallots, sesame and macadamia nuts.
Sunomono, a Japanese style salad with vinaigrette, was a simple dish that highlighted the natural sweetness of the scallops. Chunks of poached scallops paired well with the crunchy vegetables and a slightly tangy dressing.
Next I tried the pokē, a Hawaiian tartare. This sample was punchy and nutty, overwhelming the flavours of the scallop. And the scallop appeared cooked.
My favourite was the seared scallop. Three charred and juicy molluscs were on a bed of velvety eggplant. Sweet and smoky, these were simple and fresh ingredients cooked exquisitely with love.
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