Baby Heirloom Tomatoes & Seafood, Yellow Nuggets, Soy Beurre Blanc

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Bay  Scallops & Baby Octopus , Soy Beurre Blanc
Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Bay Scallops & Baby Octopus , Soy Beurre Blanc

I love baby heirloom tomatoes. Those little beautiful jewels are colorful, sweet, and packed with healthy nutrients. As they are always used in my garnish or in a side dish such as a salad, this time I have tried to make them the centre of the dish. This is to serve 2:

Let’s cook the potatoes first:

– 2 or 3 yellow nugget potatoes, quartered
– 1 tsp olive oil
– 1/2 tsp lemon juice
– salt and black pepper to taste

Blanche and strain the potatoes. Mix with olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Set aside. Note: if time permits, finely chop a couple pitted black olives and mix in the potatoes, and omit salt and pepper.

Ingredients for the main dish:
– 1/2 lb baby heirloom tomatoes, halved
– 1/2 tsp lemon juice.
– 8 baby octopus, cleaned
– 1/2 lb bay scallops
– 2 tbsp butter
– 2 tsp olive oil
– 1 shallot, finely chopped
– 2 gloves garlic, finely chopped
– 1/4 tsp chili flakes
– salt and black pepper to taste

for soy beurre blanc
– 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
– 1/2 cup dry white wine or Chinese cooking wine
– 2 tbsp butter, cold

Season the tomatoes with lemon juice, olive oil, salt & black pepper, and set aside. Quickly saute the scallops and octopus with high heat in a frying pan with butter, olive oil, chill flakes, garlic, shallot for about 5 minutes. Remove the seafood and set aside. Add soy sauce and wine to the pan, and stir till it boils. Turn the heat to medium, let the liquid simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the cold butter and stir, till the sauce is smooth. Combine potatoes, tomatoes and seafood, and plate. Pour the soy beurre blanc sauce on the side. Voila!

Notes:
– Optional: put some lemon zests while mixing the tomatoes and seafood and brighten it all up!
– Scallops and Octopus are very delicate. Rather leave them medium rare than have them overcooked and taste like rubber.
– I garnished the dish with home made tomato crumbs (blended tomato paste, kosher salt, and panko crumbs), and wasabi crumbs (wasabi paste, matcha powder, kosher salt, pank crumbs), and micro greens.

Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Bay Scallops & Baby Octopus , Soy Beurre Blanc
Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Bay Scallops & Baby Octopus , Soy Beurre Blanc

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