No meat…

Yes, this was last Friday, our no-meat day.

We had aglio olio spaghetti with scallops…

I bought a tub for our steamboat dinner that day but my missus said that she forgot to take them out so that day, my girl asked her to cook them with pasta, the way we love it – aglio olio with olive oil, lots of garlic and fresh tomatoes.

As we were eating, we noticed that the scallops looked kind of different…

…from the ones we bought before. They tasted different too, something like a cross between clams and cockles but thankfully, we enjoyed them very much – they were nice.

They were labelled “boiled scallops” on the pack but when I checked the cashier’s receipt, this was what I saw “boiled hotate scallops 500g RM18.00“. I went and googled and this was what I found: Hotate scallops have beautifully soft and sweet meat and an incredibly delicate texture. The best hotate comes from the cold waters…in Hokkaido. In Japan, it is very common to eat hotate raw in the form of sushi or sashimi. However, these scallops are also sublime when grilled or baked. It certainly looks like when it comes to scallops, there are different varieties as well.

Anyway, what was most important was that we did like them very much and I would say that was one lovely pasta…

…lunch that we had that day.

We did not have any left over for dinner so my missus went and fried these slices of fish…

…the tempura fish fillets from Pacific West, pollock…

…and baked a whole lot of potatoes…

…to go with them.

That sure was a welcome change from the usual, our lunch and dinner that day.