Bought some cleaned frozen baby squids coz it’s been a long time since we’d squids and I missed it a whole lot. So, after searching thru all my Asian cookbooks, I’ve decided to make Malay-Nyonya style Fried Squid with Chilli. 🙂

Recipe from “Truly Nyonya Malacca” by Jackie Liew


  • 300g baby squids
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 170g coconut milk


  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp tamarind juice

Spice Ingredients: to be blended into paste

  • 10 shallots, peeled
  • 10 dried chillies
  • 5 red chillies, halved lengthwise, remove seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 4 candlenuts, mashed
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, only de white part, shredded



    Serves 4
    Prep time 30 mins
    Cook time 15 mins
    Total time 45 mins
total time


  1. Clean squids, remove head, ink bag and soft bone. Rub dry. Cut into rings of 1 cm thickness. Marinate squids with some sugar and salt.
  2. Heat up cooking oil in a pot. Add in blended spices and lower to medium heat. Fry till oil emerges, abt 5 mins. Add in coconut milk a little at a time while frying spices but reserve some for later.
  3. Add in squids and seasoning. Continue to fry for abt 2 mins.
  4. Pour in remaining coconut milk and cook till gravy thickens, abt 8-10 mins.
  5. Serve immediately.

It’s another quick to prepare and cook dish; spicy as well.. Really delish..


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