Fried Squid's Tentacles or イカのげそ揚げ (Ika-no-geso-age) is one of the popular side dishes offered at many Izakaya (居酒屋), it goes very well with a glass of cold beer. In Japan, squid tentacles and body is often served in different way unlike in Malaysia, the whole squid is cooked/served together in one dish.
Not only squid, chicken is also sold by properly prepared parts and deboned except for the wings. It is hard to find the whole chicken, whole legs and drumsticks with bone in the supermarket except during Christmas season. Hence, my boys always excited whenever they find the drumlets/drumstick with bone on.
Back to squid, tentacles are often served at Izakaya or restaurants in two major ways - fried or grilled with salt. Yes, both are good for drinkers but non-drinkers like my boys and I love geso too. Here is my replicated izakaya-style geso-age, be warned, it is addictive!
Fried Squid's Tentacles [Print Recipe]
Ingredients (2-3 serves):
- 200 g squid tentacles
- 3-4 tbsp katakuriko
- Oil for deep-frying
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp syoyu (soy sauce)
- 1/2 tbsp sake
- 1/2 tbsp mirin
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- A pinch of sugar
- A pinch of black pepper
- Cut squid tentacles into halves if too long, marinate for 30 minutes.
- Use a sieve, drain all the liquid. Then, coat with katakuriko evenly.
- Heat oil, add in sesame oil and fry squid till golden brown.
- Drain and serve immediately with mayonnaise or a wedge of lemon at the side.