parboil scallops for 3 seconds (i often skip this part).
heat well seasoned pan or wok over high heat and add the oil. when oil is hot add the garlic, stir fry until garlic turns light brown, being careful not to burn.
add the scallops and chili peppers. stir fry several seconds. add the green onions, oyster sauce, and sugar.
stir fry 2 minutes or until scallops are almost done. add the basil leaves and stir fry another 10 seconds, until the leaves are wilted. serve immediately with jasmine or brown rice and red bell pepper rings.