Recipe for Pasta with Scallops in Black Bean Sauce
Pasta with Scallops in Black Bean Sauce is a lovely dish for entertaining. Serve it with a green salad. Dinah Koo, consultant for the Pasta Information Bureau in Toronto, developed this recipe. Dinah Koo is known for her finger food. She has been making canapÃ©s since the 70s.
INGREDIENTS for Scallops in Black Bean Sauce
- 1 lb Fresh Scallops 500 g
- Â½ lb Snow Peas 250 g
- 1 small Sweet Red Pepper 1
- 4 large Green Onions 4
- Â½ lb Egg Noodles, Spaghettini or Fettuccine 250 g
- 2 tbsp Peanut or Corn Oil 25 mL
- Soy Sauce
- Freshly ground Pepper
Black Bean Sauce
- 3 tbsp Salted or Fermented Black Beans* 45 mL
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced 2
- 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar* 25 mL
- 2 tbsp Demerara* or Brown Sugar 25 mL
- 1 tsp Cornstarch 5 mL
- 1 cup Water 250 mL
METHOD for Scallops in Black Bean Sauce
Cut scallops in half across the grain. Top and tail snow peas; cut lengthwise into thin strips. Cut red pepper into thin strips. Cut onions lengthwise into strips, then crosswise into 1- Â½-inch (4 cm) lengths.
Black Bean Sauce
Wash beans in cold water. In food processor or by hand, chop beans; combine with garlic, vinegar and sugar. Mix cornstarch and water and stir into bean mixture. Process on stir to mix.
In large pot of boiling water (about 12 cups/3 L), cook noodles until al dente or according to package directions. Drain in colander.
Scallops in Black Beans
In large skillet or wok, heat oil; stir-fry snow peas and red pepper over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to side dish. Add Black Bean Sauce to skillet and bring to boil. Add scallops and cook for 1 minute. Stir in snow peas, red pepper and green onions. Season to taste with soy sauce and pepper.
Arrange hot noodles on warm platter or individual plates. Spoon scallop mixture over noodles. Makes 4 main-course servings, 8 appetizer-sized servings.
*Available in Chinese grocery stores and specialty food shops. The salted black beans, packaged in plastic bags, will keep indefinitely on your shelf.
More Ideas for Scallops
 Scallops is a great form of seafood. If you would like some more ideas as to how to use it, check out Scallops: A New England Coastal Cookbook by Elaine Tammi and Karin Tammi