Wanted to bake some cakes today but sadly the attempts failed. So I had to turn to cooking instead and make myself a nice comforting dinner to make up for it. Fortunately the dinner was a blessing and all of the homely dishes were nicely presented.
The chilling weather calls for something refreshing and spicy ! Hence, what’s better than going for a Tom Yum + Assam + Seafood ! Refreshingly spicy and the twinge of sourish paired with fresh squids that’s ordered from PurelyFresh were so good that it helps to compensate for the foul mood from the failed baking earlier.
And best of it all, it’s pretty easy and convenient to beef up. Making it a good one-pot dish, this Tom Yum Assam Squids will work well for other kinds of seafood such as prawns or fish as well. With some greens and fruits as well in this dish, nothing is gonna beat serving this fuss-free all in one dish on a busy day.
- 3 fresh squids, scored and cut into pieces
- 4 long beans, blanched in some hot oil, drained and cut into strips
- 12 pcs of diced pineapples (from canned pineapples)
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- ½ tbsp minced garlic
- ½ tbsp minced ginger
- 3 red chillies, deseeded and cut into pieces
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 pc assam slice （亚三片）
- 1 lemongrass, used only the bottom part and cut into pieces
- 2 tbsp tom yum paste
- 2 tbsp tamarind paste, mixed with 400ml water and drained away the seeds, reserving the liquid
- 2 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- Clean the squids well and make criss cross pattern in the interior of the squid. Cut into smaller pieces and set aside.
- In a wok, add in the oil, minced garlic, ginger, onions and chillies. Stir fried until fragrant.
- Add in all the seasoning sauce, assam slice and the lemongrass and increase heat to high. Once the broth boils, reduce the heat to low.
- Add in the long beans and diced pineapples. Stir to mix well.
- Add in the squids. Once the squids are cooked and has turned white in colour, remove from flame.
- Serve hot with plain rice.
2) Over cooking the squids will cause it to turn rubbery. Hence, off the flame once the squids are cooked to maintain its texture.