Oyster in Paradise

Submitted by:
Lu Yang, Dresden, Germany
Molecular Genetics

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6-8 oysters
2 cloves garlic
2 spring onions (white and green parts)
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 tablespoon superfine sugar

1. Open the oyster and clean the inside. Keep the oyster in the shell. Throw away the top flat shell. Now, you are ready to prepare the sauce. The oyster will be steamed with the special sauce.

2. Fine chop the garlic into small pieces. More garlic will give you a better flavour.

3. Fine chop the spring onion and put aside.

4. Heat the sauce pan with high heat. When you can feel the heat, put cooking oil (any cooking oil in your kitchen is fine) into the sauce pan and change the heat to medium, about 10-20 seconds (oil a bit hot), add half of the fine chopped garlic to extract the flavour. When the garlic starts to turn brown, remove the sauce pan from the heat and pour them into a bowl.

5. Add soy sauce, sesame oil and superfine sugar into the garlic oil. Mix well in the bowl. You can add bird eye chilli if you like spicy food.

6. Cover the oyster with the sauce. Now put these flavoured oyster in the steamer. Boil the water to steam the oyster for 5 minutes.

7. Add the fine chopped spring onion and garlic on the top of the oyster. Continue to steam the oyster for another 5 minutes.

8. Transfer the steamed oyster to plate to serve.

9. That's it! Now you are ready to eat and Enjoy! It is yummy!


Since I have spent 6 years in Australia where I completed my PhD, the ocean taste of the oyster reminds me of these precious time and memories. Also, as an oversea student, I missed the family a lot too. Thus, I combined these two elements together to come up with this dish: Chinese ingredients and the oyster. They matched perfectly. The dish is simple but tasty. I encourage you to try it out by yourself.

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