Synchronicity. The three components of this dish, scallops, kimchi fritter, and sesame mayo, complemented each other so well. The combination was so delicious, my guests wanted seconds. I had to remind them it was just the appetizer.
The creaminess of the sesame mayo, the sweet and umami taste of the scallops, and the slightly hot and sour taste of the kimchi fritters, complemented each other beautifully. Being intended as an appetiser, so a small serving size, helped of course. There is no reason this could not be expanded into a main course, but it would need something else to keep the balance. A accompaniment such as this tomato wakame salad would work perfectly.
The mayo offers the most scope for experimentation. I didn’t make it from scratch in this case for time reasons, but used a good quality Japanese Kewpie mayo. You could even use the roasted sesame variety. Its so good. Alternatively, you could make your own Kewpie style mayonnaise. One of my most valued reference sites, seriouseats.com, tells you how.
Scallops on a kimchi fritter with sesame mayo
- 1 cup kimchi drained and diced retain the juice
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup grated cheese gruyere, gouda, Emmental, or cheddar
- 20 g butter
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 20 scallops or 10 if they are really big ones
- Canola or grapeseed oil (or another oil with a high smoke point.
- Finely dice the kimchi.
- Melt the butter.
- Place in a large bowl the flour, milk, egg, baking powder, melted butter and whisk until smooth.
- Add the kimchi.
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
- Add spoonfuls of batter to the pan. About 1 Tbsp per fritter. They should end up just a little wider than a large scallop, or 2 smaller scallops.
- Fry pancakes 2 minutes each side, or until golden, then drain on paper towels.
- Whip together the ingredients. It should be a little more runny than a typical store bought mayo. Add more kimchi juice if necessary.
- Bring a skillet to a high heat and add the canola or grapeseed oil.
- Sear the scallops until golden, about 2 minutes, then turn over and lightly sear the other side, about 30 seconds.
- Place a fritter on a plate.
- Top with a scallop or two, golden side up, and add a dollop of sesame mayo. (dollop: a technical term for approximately 1/2 tablespoon)