Sisi are small oysters and it is very rich in flavor compared to the bigger oysters. Although its hard to open these little shells, its worth the effort in every way. The salty full juice of Sisi will nourish you the whole day. You can find these Sisi or small oysters in the Oyster stalls of Villa and Arevalo. Its great appetizer for Tanduay rhum or whiskey.
How to Boil Sisi (Small Oysters) in the Shell
Purchase oysters with closed shells. If you find an oyster with an open shell, tap on the shell a couple times to see whether the shell closes. If the shell remains open, the oyster is dead and shouldn’t be consumed. Throw away dead oysters.
Fill a small pot with water or broth until it is about two-thirds full. (It is important to use a smaller pot because a larger pot may prevent all the oysters from cooking properly.)
Bring the liquid to a rolling boil, and drop the oysters into the pot. Boil for three to five minutes after the oyster shells open.
Drain the oysters in a colander and rinse with cool water to prevent more cooking. Throw away any oysters that did not open during cooking.
Serve the oysters plain or with (sinamak) vinegar or melted butter or hot sauce.
How to Boil Shucked Sisi (Small Oysters)
Follow Step 1 above to discard dead oysters.
Place a fresh oyster in a towel, and grab it with the palm of your hand. With your other hand, pry open the shell with an oyster knife. (See References for more information.)
Insert the tip of the knife between the shell halves next to the oyster’s hinge. Wiggle and twist the knife until the oyster breaks open.
Cut the oyster from the top shell, and place it in a bowl or on a plate. Then repeat with the bottom shell.
Fill a small pot with water or broth until it is two-thirds full. Bring the liquid to a rolling boil, and drop the oysters into the pot. Boil for at least three minutes. The ends of the oysters will curl once the oysters are fully cooked.
Remove the pot from heat once the oyster edges have curled. Drain the oysters in a colander, and rinse with cool water to prevent further cooking.
Serve the boiled oysters plain or with (sinamak) vinegar or melted butter or hot sauce.
Alternative Steamed Sisi ingredients
* 12 Oysters In Shells
* 1 T Low-Calorie Margarine
* 1?2 t lemon juice, fresh
* Ds Tabasco Sauce
Cooking Steamed oysters
1. Scrub and rinse the oysters under cold running water.
2. Place the oysters around the edge of a large microwave plate (two may go in the middle if necessary).
3. With the microwave on high, cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the shells open; turn the plate every 3 minutes for even cooking.
4. Remove the oysters from their shells with a shucking knife.
5. Place them on heated dish and keep them warm.
6. Meanwhile, combine the margarine, lemon juice and tabasco sauce in a small microwave dish.
7. Cook on high 20 to 25 seconds or until the margarine is melted.
8. Serve with the oysters.
9. One serving: calories: 45 carbohydrates: negligible exchange: ½ medium-fat meat.