Hot Dishes for Spring - Oysters

It is spring, and time to give yourself a boost of energy. So today i'd like to offer you a special oyster menu for the months of March and April.

One other apparent reason is that the Chinese believe a lot in natural aphrodisiacs - and the oyster is a famous one. The Chinese often say oyster is "a man's gas station", and "a woman's beauty station".

If you like, many restaurants can serves oyster in many different dishes, three cold, two soups, and four hot. And as i known, there are five kinds of oysters: French belon, French fine de Claire, Japanese kumamoto, Canadian Fanny Bay and Australian Pacific gigas.

Asians are likely to prefer the silky, milky texture of the Japanese kumamoto oyster. But the French belon has a metallic smell of the shell, which some people will consider a fresh sea smell. The Canadian Fanny Bay and Australian Pacific gigas are somewhere in-between.

So you can order all the oysters and taste the difference. Or they can just order what they like.

One day, I tried to pair the oysters with ingredients of the same region. For example, kumamoto is paired with tobiko salad and ginger ponzu. Belon is served with lemon frisse and Champagne vinegar.

The side ingredients are designed not to taste stronger than the main ingredient of oysters. Moreover, many alcoholic drinks are used in the dishes, to enhance the flavor, and to help with digestion.

Vodka is used for a gazpacho of lime-marinated fine de Claire. Fanny Bay is paired with chardonnay bearnaise and garlic spinach. Brandy and beer are served with hot oyster dishes.

The vodka gazpacho is outstanding, and the fragrance of chilled tomato helps to make the oyster taste even better, while the celery works to limit the sea smell.

In the hot dishes, the oysters are baked with cheese, grilled, poached and deep-fried with batter. I will use stronger tasting ingredients such as garlic and cheese to cover up any possible sea smell caused by heating.

The fresh oysters taste bright and salty, with firm and clean flesh. A ponzu sauce helped them go down very easily. and i believe the best oysters should still be enjoyed fresh.

I'd aslo have to admit that the hot oyster dishes are tailored for those who cannot deal with the sea smell. Some Chinese people prefer not to eat seafood raw, for health reasons.

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