A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 09, 2019
Prawns and Scallops in a Love Nest

"Prawns and Scallops in a Love Nest”—the “love nest” is an edible taro basket—is a dish served at some Chinese-American restaurants. “Prawns and Scallops in a Love Nest” was printed in The Daily Utah Chronicle (Salt Lake City, UT) on April 26, 1979. “‘Prawns and Scallops in a Love Nest,’ jumbo shrimp and sea scallops in a taro basket” was printed in the Detroit (MI) Free Press on January 27, 1984. “The extravagant prawns and scallops in a love nest ($16.95)” was printed in the Daily News (New York, NY) on September 23, 1990.


26 April 1979, The Daily Utah Chronicle (Salt Lake City, UT), “Ho Ho: best Chinese hides in a dingy SL pizza house” by Jim Austin, pg. 11, col. 1:
(Ho Ho Gourmet Chinese Restaurant, 1504 South State Street.—ed.)
But there is also an extensive selection of very exotic sounding dishes. For example: Shark Fin, Bird Nest Soup, Eight Treasure Winter Melon, Prawns and Scallops in a Love Nest, Salt Baked Squid and Buddha Supreme.

27 January 1984, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “More fine dining in farm country” by Molly Abraham, pg. 7C, cols. 2-3:
(Ah Wok restaurant in Novi.—ed.)
The menu makes good reading: “Heart and Sole,” gray sole with hearts of Chinese vegetables; “Shrimp Reunion,” bay shrimps and prawns in wine sauce; “Prawns and Scallops in a Love Nest,” jumbo shrimp and sea scallops in a taro basket.

Google Books
Frommer’s New York State
By John Foreman
New York, NY: Prentice Hall Travel
1989
Pg. 181:
Lunch might be black-bean chicken Hong Kong style, barbecued roast duck, prawns and scallops in a love nest, or a seafood casserole, drawn from a list of chefs suggestions priced between about $9 and $17.

23 September 1990, Daily News (New York, NY), “The Spice of a New Life” by Arthur Schwartz, City Lights sec., pg. 13, col. 4:
(Bingo Seafood Restaurant, 104 Mott Street, near Hester Street.—ed.)
Try big sea scallops in mild black peppercorn sauce ($9.95), sauteed jumbo shrimp or jumbo shrimp in black bean sauce ($9.95) or the extravagant prawns and scallops in a love nest ($16.95).

22 January 1993, Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), “Some Chinese morsels are offered for 4691, the Year of the Rooster” by Jeremy Iggers, pg. 12E, col. 3:
Best bets from Ho Ho’s menu include homemade pot stickers $3.95, a lively hot and sour soup ($1.25), and barbecued roast duck, which had a wonderfully crisp skin and moist, flavorful meat. I was also very pleased with the prawns and scallops in a love nest ($8.95), which were stir-fried and served together with vegetables in a crisp basket of shredded potato.

9 November 1997, The Courier-News (Bridgewater, NJ), “Literary lions help chefs fight hunger” by Ernest Jaeger, pg. E-7, col. 2:
(Dynasty, 100 Route 22 West, Green Brook.—ed.)
Prawns and scallops in a love nest made of crispy shredded taro basket are presented along with familiar dishes such as beef with orange flavor, moo shu pork, and beef with broccoli.

31 July 2003, Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), “Adventuring beyond the menu” by jeremy Iggers, pg. T8, col. 2 photo caption:
At Kowloon restaurant in Coon Rapids, Chinese broccoli adds color to the prawns and scallops served in a “love nest.”

19 November 2003, The Daily Spectrum (Saint George, UT), pg. C6, col. 1 ad:
Shrimp with Scallops in a Love Nest
(Hunan City.—ed.)

Imperial Dragon Restaurant (Layton, UT)
Prawns & Scallops in a Love Nest 10.75
Fresh shrimp & bay scallops served w/ selected vegetables in an edible love nest.

Kowloon Restaurant (Minneapolis, MN)
47. Prawns and Scallops in a Love Nest
Exclude basket.
$15.00

88 Palace Restaurant (New York, NY)
Prawns and Scallops in a Love Nest $18.95

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, February 09, 2019 • Permalink