This is a quick and easy meal that can be rustled up in 15 minutes. It’s based around one delicious ingredient, XO sauce, a spicy seafood sauce from Hong Kong, containing dried scallop, shrimp, fish, chilli, garlic and oil. I came up with the recipe one lunch-time after craving the taste of XO. But you can ‘XO’ anything you want! Just experiment.

  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Total: 15 minutes
  • Active: 15 mins

Ingredients (8)

  • 10 or so medium-sized frozen scallops (the ones I bought had instructions to cook from frozen). You can of course use fresh scallops, which will take less time to cook
  • 1 medium-sized leek
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 slices of fresh ginger
  • sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of XO sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • noodles (I used easy cook ones that cook really quickly, but you can use any type you like)


  1. Boil water for the noodles in a saucepan.
  2. Heat a frying pan and add some vegetable oil.
  3. Finely chop the leek, and crush and chop the garlic, and the ginger, then start frying.
  4. Add the scallops (according to the instructions, they need to be cooked for 9 minutes if frozen).
  5. Season with sea salt and white pepper and keep tossing and stirring so that nothing sticks to the pan.
  6. Add noodles to saucepan and drain when cooked.
  7. Add noodles to scallops, add the XO sauce and mix well until noodles are covered with the XO sauce. Serve immediately!