Combine first 6 ingredients and 1 teaspoon oil in a shallow baking dish; add scallops to dish in a single layer. Marinate 4 minutes on each side.
Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove scallops from dish, reserving marinade. Add scallops to pan; sauté 1 minute on each side or until almost done. Remove scallops from pan; keep warm. Place remaining marinade in pan; bring to a boil. Return scallops to pan; cook 1 minute. Toss noodles with salt and green onions. Place 1 cup noodle mixture on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with about 3 scallops, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon sauce.
Steamed peas vinaigrette: Steam 1 cup snow peas and 1 cup trimmed sugar snap peas, covered, 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Combine with 1/3 cup thinly sliced radishes. Combine 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons canola oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons mirin, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt; stir with a whisk. Pour over peas mixture; toss.
This recipe appeared in The New Way to Cook Light (2012) and in the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.
Only change I made was rice noodles because I could not find the soba noodles.
Sear on the scallops was the best I have ever gotten. Shake them off after pulling them out of the marinade and keep a couple of inches between each scallop or they will steam and boil instead of searing. Pan must be very hot and scallops cook quickly. The pan will get dark with the seared residual marinade from the scallops, and that's okay. I did add a little more sesame oil as they cooked, but not a lot. You want them to sear and they should not stick to the pan.
One note on the Steamed Peas Vinaigrette: it needs a little more acid. Next time I will add another TBSP on rice vinegar or fresh lemon juice. They peas were good, but just needed more of a tang. And don't skip the peas...they go great with this meal.
Next time, I'll get more of everything to make larger serving portions. Every plate was empty. This is a great recipe.
This recipe needs work. Followed the suggestion of others and tried to sear the scallops first but the sesame oil I used must have had sugar in it or something as my scallops stuck to the pan and the sesame oil seemed to caramelize or coagulate. Brand new bottle. Frustrating after spending $20 a pound on scallops! The buckwheat pasta was tangy and strong. I like it but the family did not. The side salad was lovely. I need to go back to the drawing board on the scallops though.