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Fried squid rings

Fried squid ringsWho wouldn’t like Fried squid rings? Especially if you make them yourself!

Fried squid ringsIngredients:

  • Squid (without head, frozen, 3 pieces)
  • One egg
  • Bread crumbs (a small saucer full)
  • Corn starch (a small saucer full)
  • Salt (2/3 teaspoon)
  • White pepper (2/3 teaspoon)


  1. First defrost the squid and clean them under the running tap
  2. Cut into rings of 1-2 cm
  3. Marinade the rings with the salt and white pepper for 5 to 6 minutes
  4. Then take two saucers and fill one with corn starch and one with bread crumbs. Take a small bowl and break an egg in it, and beat it quickly
  5. One by one, dip the squid rings into the corn starch, then the egg, and finally the bread crumbs. Repeat until you’ve covered all rings
  6. Heat oil in a frying pan on low heat, and fry the squid rings until they have a golden brown crust, and then place them on a kitchen towel to remove excess oil
  7. Sprinkle some lemon juice over them if you like 
  8. You can eat the squid rings with your favourite sauce: garlic, chili or mayonnaise

TIP: serve the squid rings together with Edamame (fresh soy beans in the pod) and with a glass of beer for a summery snack

Edamame (boiled soy bean pods)

In most Japanese restaurants nowadays Edamame is served, they are fresh soy beans in the pod. They are boiled in water with herbs and spices. Only the beans are eaten and the pods are later discarded. This dish can be eaten both warm and cold, and is a tasty and healthy vegetarian snack

Soy beansIngredients:

  • “Fresh soy beans in the pod” are usually sold frozen (1 bag of 400 grams)
  • Star anise (2 stuks)
  • Sichuan peppercorns (1 tablespoon)
  • Dried chili peppers (1 or 2)
  • Salt (1 theelepel)
  • Shaoxing rice wine (1 tablespoon)
Soy beansPreparation:

  1. First defrost the soy beans and wash them shortly in a bowl of water. Then, use scissors to cut off the tips of the pods (SEE HERE)
  2. Put the pods into a pan and cover them generously with water. Add all the dried spices and boil the water on medium fire
  3. Let it boil for 5 to 6 minutes, then turn off the heat. Now add the Shaoxing rice wine
  4. The soy beans are now ready to eat, but they will have a more intense taste if you keep them for a couple of hours in the fridge (recommended)

TIP: eat the Edamame with fried squid rings!

Sweet and sour spare ribs

An all-time favorite for young and old: spare ribs with sweet and sour sauce! This dish doesn’t need any introduction, other than that I’ve used Asian ingredients

spare ribs

Spare ribsIngredients:

  • Spare ribs, fresh from the butcher’s are best (500 grams)
  • Rice wine (1 tablespoon – 15 ml)
  • Soy sauce “light” (2 tablespoons – 30 ml)
  • Red (rice) vinegar (3 tablespoons)
  • Sugar (4 tablespoons or 3 if you don’t like it too sweet)
  • Soy sauce “dark” (1 table spoon, for coloring)
  • Fresh ginger (2 slices)
  • Dried chili (3, or leave them out if you don’t like to eat spicy)
  • Oil (1 tablespoon)


  1. Heat the oil in a pan with high brim, add the ginger and fry for 1 minute. Then add the spare ribs and stir fry them until golden brown (about 4 minutes)
  2. Then add all other ingredients for the sauce, and also the chilies (tear them with your hands or use scissors)
  3. Also add some water, to cover the spare ribs (if you use a wok, then don’t add too much water)
  4. Cook the spare ribs for 20 minutes on medium fire, until most of the water has evaporated
  5. Now turn the fire high and keep stirring so that the sauce doesn’t burn
  6. When the sauce has turned thick and caramel like, your spare ribs are done!

Spare ribsTip: garnish with some fresh lettuce and white sesame seeds

Tip: another snack I cooked is Cola chicken wings