Yes, normally we say sotong (squid) and salted egg yolk, but who are we kidding? Salted egg yolk is THE STAR of the dish! I have this crazy love affair with salted egg yolk and have made crab with salted egg yolk before but the recipe I’d like to share with you all today is the one with squid.
Here is a picture of the crab one I made!
It’s honestly quite easy to make and if you are a fan of the chinese style butter chicken recipe, this is a spin-off from that recipe. Mr Grumpy and I bought the squid from this night market near our new place so we were ready to rumble when Saturday came along.
The ingredients needed to make enough for 4 people are:
- 2 Salted eggs (duck’s eggs)
- Evaporated milk
- 3-5 Bird’s eye chilli (Cili Padi)
- 3 stalks of Curry leaves (Daun Kari)
- 1 tablespoon of Knorr Chicken Powder
- Salt and sugar
- 1 chicken egg
- Firstly, wash and then dry the squid with tissue.
- Beat the chicken egg in a bowl and dip the squid in. Then dip the squid into the cornstarch (in a separate bowl) and set aside.
- Fire up a pan with oil and then fry the coated squid until crispy. Set aside.
- Boil the salted eggs and then peel the shells and whites off, leaving just the solid egg yolks.
- Mash up the salted egg yolks until fine and set aside.
- Fire up a wok and add butter. Once the butter melts, add the bird’s eye chilli and the curry leaves. Stir until fragrant.
- Add the salted egg yolk and stir until it melts. It will start frothing, nothing to be concerned by, but at this point, add in the evaporated milk until your desired consistency is achieved. (Some like it thick, some like it a bit runny, it’s up to you.I’d suggest letting it be slightly runny because the cornstarch from the squid will thicken the mixture slightly)
- Add in the chicken powder and then adjust with salt and sugar.
- Add in the squid and stir until everything is even.
- Get a plate and serve!
Prep included, this may take about 15 to 20 minutes to make and honestly, it is an easy way to impress people who may be coming over for a meal. Otherwise, it definitely is yummy for days you may want to indulge with your family.
You can repeat the steps with chicken, crab, etc by replacing the squid. Also, you can add a bit of pepper and the Knorr chicken powder to the cornstarch mixture to jazz up the fried squid/crab/chicken a bit more. After making it the first time, you would know better how to adjust the quantities of ingredients accordingly.
Making it yourself beats going to a restaurant and realizing they were stingy with the salted egg yolk or over-fried the crab/chicken/squid haha!
Try it and let me know how it works out for you 🙂