Friday, July 25, 2008

Seafood n' Scrambled Creamy Egg White and Fresh Cucumber n' Crab Roe Salad


My sous chef found this recipe from youtube, went all mad about it and demanded to try it ASAP! From the video, the dish surely looked gorgeous, seemed easily doable, healthy and delicious. Thus, it managed to push everything on my super long "to try" recipe list down...and we did it!

Whoever did this dish called it "Fried Milk" which made it sound even sexier in my ears. However, judging from the ingredients...it looked more like scrambled egg whites to me...so I am calling this...

Seafood n' Scrambled Creamy Egg White

If you can understand Cantonese, you could simply follow the video instruction.
Otherwise, here's the recipe:
- 320 gr milk
- 320 gr egg white
- 1.5 tbsp corn starch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2.3 tsp sugar
- 3 tbsp oil
- 50 gr shrimps, deshelled, deveined
- 6 pcs of medium sized scallops
- a sprig of spring onion, finely chopped
- a bit of crab roe

Mix milk with salt, sugar, oil and corn flour in a bowl. Marinate shrimps and scallops with a bit of salt, sugar and corn powder, then pan fried on high heat until cooked, set aside. Heat up another pan, add oil, add the milk mixture and stir slowly, follow just one direction only (either clockwise or anti clockwise) until the mixture looks firmer but still creamy. Turn off the heat, add seafood, spring onion and crab roe on top.

The dish we did looked as pretty as the one on the video, so we were super excited and couldn't wait to taste all the yumminess....

but...

Boy! I was SO WRONG! This was one of those cases which trigger the following question:
"How could something that gorgeous taste so BLAH?"

Normally, I'd adjust any recipes if I thought I saw something which didn't sound right...but this time I followed the recipe exactly, based on souf chef's request. Maybe this recipe is perfect for Hong Kongers? The next time I try this recipe again, I'll keep the yolk and add more seasonings....and yeah, some butter and bacon won't hurt ^_*

Luckily, we also prepared this...
Fresh Cucumber 'n Crab Roe Salad

Since I didn't want to waste the rest of the crab roe...I did this salad, which is generally available in most Japanese eateries in Hong Kong. It's easy and refreshing, perfect for summer, and pretty much saved our otherwise super blah dinner
Recipe
- 1 Japanese cucumber (the skin is dark green and a bit prickly), peel off skin and cut into thin ribbons using a peeler
- faux crab meat, torn into long thin pieces (even better if you have fresh crab meat)
- crab roe
- mayo (in Hong Kong we call it "salad sauce")
Simply mix everything and you're done. ^_^

Now let me remind you (and myself again)...

"Looks is deceiving"

16 comments:

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

aiyah..dis is really the case of looks r deceiving.bcoz it looks darn good!..

i think dis is a shanghainese dish..go try it outside..

daphne said...

It does look so pretty! darn!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Hahaha! I quite like fried milk, but must admit the taste is very subtle and not for everyone. :P

Manggy said...

They do look really good, I'm sorry the seafood didn't work out. Maybe the shrimp themselves weren't that flavorful? Maybe you could try adding cream, butter, soy sauce (!!), or more onions. The presentation is totally beautiful, though :)

Sheila said...

"Looks is deceiving"
Bener banget, Rit. Yg ngeselin tuh, udah capek berlama-lama di dapur bikin resep baru...eeeehhh gak taunya rasanya gak seperti apa yg kita bayangin.

Tapi dari fotonya kok keliatan lezat ya :D.

Peter M said...

Oh a bonus second dish and whoever had breakfast with you is a lucky guy.

Elle said...

I'm so sorry the first one was blah--but it sure is gorgeous! So is the salad! Lovely!

elsye said...

qiqiqiiq, emang rasanya kayak opo sih rit ? aku kok bisa bayangin telor putih dikasih seafood..wakakaka...tapi gpp namanya juga percobaan

Zen Chef said...

Rita!!.. That dish SCREAMS for bacon!! Send it to me and i'll fix it for you by adding 2856 calories of pure bacon fat. It's good for your skin too! :-P

Mochachocolata Rita said...

hehehe thanks for the comments, guys!

I know...I should've tweaked it to suit my taste (i.e. butter, bacon, and all that jazz)...but just for this time, i was under a strict supervision of sous chef NOT to adjust anything (i only managed to sneak an extra tsp of salt when i was "marinating" the seafoods lol)

Lesson learnt (from zenman): when everything fails, add bacon (hey, zenman, this should be the heading of your blog ya?)

Cakelaw said...

Such a shame it was "bleh" - 'cause all that seafood looks delicious.

Lia said...

hmmm lafar jam dinner belom masak hiks

deeTha said...

Rita....
masakanmu kok aneh2 sih...
kapan bali semarang?
aku dimasakke yo...
hehehe

Cynthia said...

Hmmmmm, we live and learn huh...

SteamyKitchen said...

Crab roe is something i miss so much. can't get it here

A.G said...

wah aku seneng iki... seafood mania aku :p and prawn lover