5 Spice Scallop Tacos Recipe

Asian Inspired Tacos

by: Eva Fong
5 Spice Scallop Tacos Recipe
Winner of the YMC VH® Re-Inventing Comfort Food Contest


  Mango Jalapeño Coleslaw Ingredients:

2 cups coleslaw mix (the more colourful, the better)
1/2 cup VH® Thai Market Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
1/4 cup chopped mango
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup roasted sweet bell pepper strips
3 tbsp. cup white vinegar
2 tbsp VH® Soya Sauce
2 tbsp. roasted jalapeño peppers finely chopped
1 tbsp. shallot, coarsely chopped

  In a medium mixing bowl, combine coleslaw, VH® Thai Market Sweet Thai Chili Sauce, mango, cilantro, roasted peppers, vinegar, VH® Soya Sauce, jalapenos and shallots; fold together well.

  Pineapple Lime Caper Crema Ingredients:

1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons VH® Pineapple Cooking Sauce
2 teaspoons capers chopped
1 teaspoons crushed Garlic
1 teaspoon grated fresh lime zest
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt

  In a medium mixing bowl, combine sour cream, VH® Pineapple Cooking Sauce, capers, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, pepper, and salt; mix together well.

  Pan Seared Scallops Ingredients:

2 large flour tortillas
8 large scallops (muscle removed)
2 tbsp. oil
1/4 cup VH® Asian 5 Spice Stir-Fry Sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

  Pat dry scallops and salt and pepper both sides.  In a large non-stick frying pan add oil, heat over medium-high heat until hot. When the pan is hot, add the scallops and sear on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown on each side. Add VH® Asian 5 Spice Stir-Fry Sauce and heat sauce through, remove scallops from pan to avoid over cooking. (Over cooking will cause scallops to become rubbery).

  Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and warm in microwave. Divide scallops, coleslaw and crema evenly among 2 tortillas. Wrap and enjoy!

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 6 min
Servings: 2

I am a 38 year old mother of two, who is a software trainer by day and a creative cook by night.  It all started at 19 when I met my husband.  Poor thing was eating out of cans and cold cut meat ends from the reduced section of the grocery store.  I grew up eating home cooked food from my mother, so what he was eating made me want to gag.  At the time, I didn’t know how to cook.  I was working at a grocery store and I would always talk to customers and ask them what they were doing with the groceries.  When I came across an interesting idea, I would purchase the ingredients after my shift and go and cook for boyfriend at the time (current husband).  He always said my food tasted good and soon after I had the confidence to cook for my friends.  My friends always thought my cooking was amazing, but I always thought they were being nice.  As the years went on, I read a lot of food magazines and watched the Food Network as it became more popular.  These resources helped me become more creative and help me develop my techniques.