Monday, July 15, 2013

Recipe: Chinese stir fried baby asparagus with scallops and king prawns

Almost every vegetable stall in the wet market that morning had bunches of Thai baby asparagus for sale. It must be the season for them. Thai baby asparagus are long and thin, and requires minimal cooking time. 

We bought a couple of bundles home since we love eating asparagus. A quick, easy and nice way of cooking it is to stir fry it with some seafood such as scallops and king prawns.

Asian stir fried asparagus with scallops and king prawns

Asparagus is low in calories, low in sodium and is high in nutrients - it is a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, dietary fibre, protein, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K and many more. Stir frying it quickly keeps all the nutrients in. The scallops and king prawns are marinated in some ginger wine to get rid of any "fishy" smells and it also enhances the texture. This dish only takes under 5 minutes to cook, since the baby asparagus needs only around 1 minute to retain its texture, crunch and colour.


Fresh, clean flavours and beautiful colours


A winning dish in my books - it has got all my favorite ingredients and tastes wonderful and fresh. I think I'll need to go and get a few more bundles of baby asparagus to cook this again :)




Stir fried asparagus with scallops and king prawns
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: under 5 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients
250g baby asparagus, woody ends trimmed
150g scallop
8 king prawns, deveined with tails intact
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger wine
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 red chilli, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Marinate the scallops and prawns in separate bowls with 1/2 tsp ginger wine each for about 2-3 minutes. This will get rid of any "fishy" smells.

2. In a wok, heat the cooking oil over medium high heat then add the garlic, and fry for 2 minutes, until fragrant and lightly browned.

3. Then, add the prawns and cook for about 30 seconds (half-cooked), then add the asparagus and stir fry for another 30 seconds, before finally adding the scallops. Depending on the size of the scallops this can take 30 - 45 seconds. Season with the remaining ginger wine, salt and pepper. Add the red chilli and stir around quickly.

4. Serve immediately.

Note: Cooking time for the asparagus can vary depending on the thickness of the asparagus. The ones that I used in this recipe are about 6mm thick, hence only require a short cooking time of 1 minute. Please adjust accordingly.




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27 comments:

  1. looks tempting. I like the colours of this dish! scallop + prawn + baby asparagus, so yummy!

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    1. Thanks Jozelyn, I like this kind of simple delicious dishes :)

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  2. Since I love asparagus, scallops and prawns, I will enjoy this dish very much! :D

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  3. I like. Great too, stir-fried with beef...or just plain with garlic.

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    1. Yea jus simple stir fry with garlic is great too.

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  4. Lovely! I particularly like the baby asparagus, plus this looks like a simple dish I can try to replicate! :)

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    1. I am very sure you can cook this too!

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  5. I love asparagus. Looks delicious with the seafood.

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    1. Can you get them easily in Singapore? These ones from the wet market was really nice and quite affordable too.

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  6. Very good dish, Yen! I love the freshness of the baby asparagus. Such a yummy vege dish :)

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    1. Thanks PH! I think we had as much seafood as we did asparagus in this dish :P

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  7. That asparagus is so amazing! I've only seen it a couple of times but it's a real treat when we have it :D

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    1. Actually when I bought it, I thought I would be able to eat the whole thing, thinking it's a baby it must be very tender. But turns out it does have quite a lot of woody ends too.

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  8. mmmm, really nice-looking recipe with fresh produce! if you served this on a table, every last spear of the asparagus would be wiped clean :D

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  9. Such a beautiful color and I love how quickly we can prepare this. It looks very appetizing and I can tell how delicious this is!

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  10. Hi Yen! When I first saw the photo in Instagram, I was like "Wow" - I wanna have that for dinner! Beautiful shots and dish!

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  11. I can eat that whole portion myself :P Ok, I'm a cow.

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  12. Hi Yen,

    Cooking scallops can be tricky and cook this dish so well. Yum!

    Zoe

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  13. Beautiful dish , Yen ! Love baby asparagus , easier and faster to cook ;D

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  14. Wow! That dish is very inviting! I think my cousin would be interested to this because she really love eating stir fry. I will share this to her so that she can eat her favorite dish.

    Easy Stir Fry

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    1. Hi there, are u based in Malaysia? If you are then u can try getting ginger wine in Eu Yan Sang outlets.

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