Post & Recipe in English and Chinese (中英食谱)
“Love this, if you like it; Like this, if you hate it. 喜欢的会爱上它；讨厌的会喜欢它.”
My way of surf & turf, meat in squid. Cooking the relatively bland squid dish with a good recipe is essential. I have mine which I think goes really well with just a plate of steamy hot rice! Even for someone who doesn’t like squid, you wouldn’t be resisting it!
1 large squid
100g of minced meat
1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
1 teaspoon of Thai fish sauce
1 teaspoon of white pepper
1 teaspoon of corn starch
Dash of sesame oil
Pinch of salt
Dash of salt and coarsely grounded black pepper
1 tablespoon of Sambal chili paste
2 tablespoons of XO paste
2 tablespoons of water
Pinch of sugar
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 湯匙 泰國魚露
(1) Clean the squid by removing the internal organs and inc sac by pulling the head. Wash the inner thoroughly under running water.
(2) Remove also the transparent plastic-like soft bone from the inner. Tear away the thin dark purplish layer of membrane on the outside of the squid. The whole squid should be white now. Retain the squid head, but cut away the beak and eye balls on the head. Wash the squid again and pat dry. Set aside.
(3) Marinate minced meat with seasoning ingredients (A). Stuff as much seasoned meat as possible into the tube of the squid. Leave about 1cm gap at the opening, insert the head and secure with a toothpick.
(4) Place stuffed squid on a plate, sprinkle seasoning (B) on the squid. Cover with cling wrap and leave in the refrigerator to marinate for at least an hour.
(5) Heat pan with 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-low fire. Sauté squid on both sides till trace of burnt appears. Remove grilled squid from pan. Set aside.
(6) In the same pan, add more oil, followed by XO sauce and sambal paste, stir fry till aroma releases. Drizzle water around the edges to create sizzling effect. Add sugar, return squid, and cook together to mix well. Dish up, slice crosswise, garnish and serve with rice.
A serving of my XO stuffed squid counts about 200kcal.
Tips: Stove fire should be low when sauté/ grill stuffed squid to make sure the meat inside is completely cooked before the squid is overly cooked or burnt. Alternatively, slit the knife through in the middle of the squid so that the heat penetrates and cooks the meat inside easily.
* Instead of one large squid, use of 2 smaller squids is equally fine.
* The bottled sambal paste and XO paste used in my recipe are from The Soup Restaurant. You may use any brand of the shelves, too.