Best friend squid salad


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Appears in

Food and Travels: Asia

Food and Travels

By Alastair Hendy

Published 2004

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Some nice ladies with polite lanterns at the Best Friend restaurant, Ngapali Beach, tumble this punchy salad together nightly.


  • 500 g prepared and skinned baby squid tubes
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • tbsp lime juice, plus ½ tsp finely grated zest
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 4 firm tomatoes, cut into slim wedges and deseeded
  • 4 pink shallots or 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • 4 tiny hot red chillies, finely sliced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp toasted crushed peanuts


Boil the squid in water to cover for 2 minutes, then drain and leave to cool. In a large bowl, mix the garlic with the sugar, lime juice, zest and fish sauce until the sugar has dissolved, then toss through the cooked squid, tomatoes, shallots, chillies and salt. Cover and leave to sit for about 20 minutes or so, then pile on to a platter or plates and serve drenched with the toasted crushed peanut.