The season for Peconic Bay scallops opened on Monday and the sweet, nutty bivalves have been making their way around Long Island. Last night I stopped by Hunan Taste in Greenvale with a hankering for shredded pork with dried bean curd and yellow leeks, a house specialty. But when we learned that the restaurant had received their first delivery of Peconic Bay scallops, we said bring ’em on.
This was as good a scallop preparation as I’ve ever had. The kitchen lightly dusted the scallops in cornstarch and then stir-fried them gently, just enough to put a little color on them. Then they were sauced and showered with shredded snow pea leaves.
At $34.99, this is one of the priciest dishes I’ve ever seen at Hunan Taste, but it was well worth it. Calvin Hu, one of the restaurant’s owners, said that the scallops are selling briskly -- and he doesn’t get them every day, so call ahead if you’ve got your heart set on them.
Hunan Taste is at 3 Northern Blvd., Greenvale, 516-621-6616.