Calamari is probably one of the easiest and quickest appetizers to prepare. Every time we order calamari in restaurants, I am always surprised on how fast the servers get back to us with the order already with them — still hot and crunchy on the outside, while very soft in the inside. That is how […]
Ginataang Pusit or Squid cooked in coconut milk is a quick, easy, and delicious Filipino dish that I love to eat with warm rice. As I’ve d mentioned, this is quick and easy because it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and the steps are simple and straightforward. Many people like this dish spicy […]
Grilled Calamari are marinated squid which are skewered and grilled to perfection. This is a good recipe to try that involves the grill. I know that nothing beats your favorite adobong pusit. I am a fan of that dish too, but let’s give this new comer a warm welcome. I got the idea of skewering […]
Squid sisig is a pleasant-tasting dish made from chopped grilled squid along with some onions and seasonings. This recipe is my second seafood sisig adaptation next to bangus sisig. You will certainly love this dish. In order to make squid sisig, the squid needs to be grilled for a few minutes. Grilling it makes the […]
Calamares is the Filipino version of the Mediterranean breaded fried squid dish, Calamari. There are different methods on how to make this dish; the most usual does not involve breadcrumbs. However, I chose to add breadcrumbs for this recipe for visual appeal and a crunchier texture.
So, what is the difference between Calamares and Calamari besides the spelling?
Well, there is no big difference at all. The only difference that I noticed is the dipping sauce. Calamari is often dipped in marina or other tomato based sauce while Filipino Calamares is dipped in spiced vinegar or toyo mansi.
I enjoy this dish when spiced vinegar is around. This makes a real good “pulutan” (beer food) too. Do you also like to pair Calamares with beer?
If in case you are having a hard time looking for fresh squids, you may always purchase the packaged squid rings for calamari. These are located on the frozen food section of most supermarkets or grocery stores.
Try this Calamares recipe and let me know what you think. Cheers!
Adobong Pusit is a tasty squid dish cooked using the popular Filipino adobo method. Squid is first boiled in soy sauce and vinegar then later sautéed in garlic, onions and tomatoes; this brings in an awesome array of flavors that will surely activate your taste buds.
Technically, any squid will do for this recipe. However, small to medium sized squids are highly recommended because they are more flavorful compared to the large ones. It is hard to find fresh medium squids here in Illinois: this was the reason why I waited until I got to the Philippines to shoot this Adobong Pusit video. It was quite a short vacation but I made sure to make the most out of the short time that I got.
I like this dish because of its rich flavor – it also brings-in a sense of nostalgia which reminds me of the good times that I had when I was still home.
Since this is a squid dish, make sure that you don’t cook the squid longer than the indicated time to preserve the tender texture. If in case the texture of the squid becomes rubbery due to over cooking, try cooking it some more. You see – there are two ways to ensure that the squid that you are cooking is tender: you can either cook it for a short time or add more cooking time as you usually do for pork.
Try this Adobong Pusit recipe and let me know what you think.