Five Spice Calamari with Wasabi Mayo – 芥末鱿鱼圈

Wasabi mayo typically goes with prawns. BUT this time round we decided to pair it with one of our FAVOURITE BEER FOODS – Calamari!

Other than the usual salt and pepper, we added five spice powder to the batter which imparts a more sophisticated flavour to the dish.

Last but not least, the recipe for this HOT, REFRESHING and TANGY wasabi mayo dipping sauce goes well with so many dishes and will make you want more!

*Note* To get the calamari to really crispy – fry them in small batches!

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  • Servings: 4

  • Time: 15 min

  • Skill: Intermediate

Ingredients:

  1. 3 large calamari aka squid (skinned and cleaned)

  2. 1 stalk spring onion (chopped)

  3. Oil for deep-frying

batter:

  1. ¾ cup cornstarch

  2. ¼ cup plain flour

  3. 1 tsp five spice powder

  4. ½ tsp salt

  5. ¼ tsp pepper

  6. 1 egg

  7. ¼ cup water

wasabi mayo:

  1. ½ cup japanese mayo

  2. 20g wasabi (adjust to taste)

  3. 2-3 tbsp honey (adjust to taste)

  4. 1 tbsp light soy sauce

  5. Juice from ½ a lemon

Steps:

  1. Skin and remove insides from 3 large calamari

  2. Cut calamari into rings

  3. To make batter sift ¾ cup cornstarch,

  4. ¼ cup plain flour,

  5. add 1 tsp five spice powder,

  6. ½ tsp salt,

  7. ¼ tsp pepper,

  8. 1 egg,

  9. and ¼ cup water

  10. Mix well and add in calamari rings

  11. Coat the squid rings with the batter evenly

  12. Heat enough oil in a wok, deep-fry calamari rings until golden brown

  13. Drain and set aside

  14. To make wasabi mayo, mix ½ cup japanese mayo,

  15. 20g wasabi (adjust to taste),

  16. 2-3 tbsp honey (adjust to taste),

  17. 1 tbsp light soy sauce,

  18. Juice from ½ a lemon,

  19. Mix well and set aside,

  20. Drizzle 2 tbsp of wasabi mayo over the fried calamari rings

  21. Sprinkle chopped spring onions and toss evenly

  22. Serve with lemon slices and wasabi mayo