There were plenty of locally caught squid, octopus, and cuttlefish in the markets but rarely on any restaurant menu in Bushehr and Bandar Abbas. They are mostly eaten by the locals at home and often in a tomato sauce. These days we mostly know “tempura” as a Japanese cooking technique. However, the name actually comes from a Portuguese dish. The Portuguese had a long association with ports of the Persian Gulf, so it makes sense that this style of cooking should be popular there.