(Photo by @karenblumberg)
Elvis Suki (Soi Yotse, Plabplachai Rd., 02-223-4979, open 17.00-23.00 daily) is one of my favorite places to take visitors from out of town. Its specialty — the Thai-style sukiyaki after which it is named — is an unglamorous but delicious goop of glass vermicelli, a blank canvas on which a yin-and-yang-likedrama is played out nightly: blanched seafood or meat versus the vibrant thrashings of a spicy-sweet-tart chili sauce, like the Meg underpinning a buoyant Jack. That said, it’s still the Cleveland of street food dishes, solid but unlamented, probably a nice place to live but unlikely to haunt your dreams.
Their scallops, however, are another story. Other people make scallops like these: an unlikely pairing of scallops and a dab of pork, minced or otherwise, both doused liberally in a sweet, garlicky butter. Yet somehow no one can hold a candle to Elvis Suki’s version. Maybe it’s the atmosphere? (no-nonsense open-air shophouse or, if you are fast enough, no-frills air-conditioned room?) Maybe it’s the people? (A mix of families and office workers). Or maybe it’s the service? (Probably not). In any case, few diners leave Elvis Suki without those scallops.
Elvis Suki’s grilled scallops with pork (makes 4)
What you’ll need:
- 4 large scallops
- 1 slice (about 60 g) pork neck
- 2 Tbs butter
- 2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Make garlic butter by mixing garlic with softened butter
- “Dry brine” pork by coating in salt for 15 minutes. Before using, pat dry.
- Clean scallops and place 1-inch-long piece of pork alongside scallop on the shell. Season both with salt and pepper.
- Dot with dollops of garlic butter and sprinkle both scallops and pork with ¼tsp of sugar.
- Grill or broil in oven for about 5 minutes, keeping a close eye so that the scallops do not burn.
- Take out and serve while hot.