Five Spice Calamari with Wasabi Mayo

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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Ingredients

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3large calamari aka squid (skinned and cleaned)
1stalk spring onion (chopped)
Oil for deep-frying
batter:
¾cup cornstarch
¼cup plain flour
1tsp five spice powder
½tsp salt
¼tsp pepper
1 egg
¼cup water
wasabi mayo
½cup japanese mayo
20g wasabi (adjust to taste)
2-3tbsp honey (adjust to taste)
1tbsp light soy sauce
Juice from ½ a lemon

Directions

1.

Skin and remove insides from 3 large calamari
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Cut calamari into rings
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To make batter sift ¾ cup cornstarch,
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¼ cup plain flour,
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add 1 tsp five spice powder,
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½ tsp salt,
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¼ tsp pepper,
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1 egg,
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and ¼ cup water
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Mix well and add in calamari rings
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Coat the squid rings with the batter evenly
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Heat enough oil in a wok, deep-fry calamari rings until golden brown
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Drain and set aside
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To make wasabi mayo, mix ½ cup japanese mayo,
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20g wasabi (adjust to taste),
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2-3 tbsp honey (adjust to taste),
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1 tbsp light soy sauce,
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Juice from ½ a lemon,
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Mix well and set aside,
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Drizzle 2 tbsp of wasabi mayo over the fried calamari rings
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21.

Sprinkle chopped spring onions and toss evenly
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Serve with lemon slices and wasabi mayo
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