This dish is one of my favorite Chinese New Year dishes. It’s delicious, simple, super quick to make as well as really colorful. This dish is especially perfect when you have many dishes to prepare for your Chinese New Year banquet as you can make this dish really quickly.
A great thing about this dish is you can easily get hold of all the ingredients in your local supermarket. You don’t even need to go to Asian or Chinese supermarkets to buy any ingredients. The one exception is rice wine but dried sherry is a perfect substitute.
“Sixi 四喜” in Chinese language means “four happiness” or “four lucky or joy”, which also means a lot of happiness. So as you may be aware, Chinese people love to serve dishes with lucky names or meanings in their banquets. So this is a really popular dish in Chinese cuisine.
In this recipe, I used carrots, red and yellow peppers as well as mangetout (snow peas). But as with many Chinese dishes, you can always use other vegetables instead such as peas, green peppers, baby corn. Personally I like my dishes to be quite colorful so I will always recommend using vegetables that will make this dish more colorful, but this is entirely up to you.
You can also adjust the amount of vegetables you use. I use quite a lot of vegetables in this dish but if you want you can cut down the amount of vegetables you use. You might want to adjust the amount of seasonings used as well to suit your personal preference.
- Ingredients for Scallops:
- 1 pound/400 grams scallops
- 1 medium carrot (washed and peeled; cut it into slices)
- 1 red bell pepper (cut it into 2 cm diamond shape)
- 1 yellow bell pepper (cut it into 2 cm diamond shape)
- 8 ounces/200 grams snow peas (mangetout)
- 1 clove garlic (chop finely)
- 1 slice ginger (chop finely)
- 1/2 chilli (cut into thin slice)
- 1/2 cup chicken stock (you can also use chicken broth or vegetable stock to really enhance the flavors)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons potato starch (or corn flour)
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- Marinade for Scallops:
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper (ground)
- 1 tablespoon rice wine
Marinade scallops with rice wine or dried sherry, salt and ground white pepper.
Heat up a wok with 1 tablespoon of oil and stir-fry the garlic, ginger and chili until fragrant
Add carrot and keep stir-frying for 1 minute.
Add yellow and red pepper and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
Add mangetout (snow peas) and mix it evenly, then add stock and cook at high heat until the stock has reduced a little bit. (about 1/3 of stock)
Add scallop and gently mix evenly and stir-fry until the scallops are cooked. This should only take a couple minutes but it depends on the thickness and the size of your scallop.
Mix the potato starch with cold water to make a slurry of potato starch water. Stir the potato starch water into the pot and bring it to boil again. It’s now ready to serve.