Cat Ba dried squid is an indispensable specialty after a trip from Hai Phong. This is the main ingredient to make delicious dry burnt squid dish No. 1 in Hai Phong. Dried squid meat in Cat Ba is thick, soft and has a very characteristic aroma that cannot be found elsewhere. Please contact Hai Phong Tours immediately to order as gifts!
Characteristics of Cat Ba Dried SquidSurely every tourist in Hai Phong is curious about what is the characteristic of Cat Ba dried squid that makes it so special. And here’s why:
- Unique flavor only in Cat Ba
- Natural sweetness, not chewy, not mushy
- Easy storage
- Caught in Cat Ba, dried and sold directly, so it’s cheap
Types of Cat Ba Dried SquidDried squid also comes in different varieties. For customers to easily choose, Hai Phong Tours offers 3 types as follows:
Cat Ba squid 1 day sun dryCat Ba squid 1 day sun dry is a type of squid that, after being caught from Cat Ba sea, will be processed and dried in the sun. The most suitable temperature is from 35 to 40 degrees outdoors. After being exposed to a sunny day, the squid meat begins to dry out but still retains its toughness, softness and not hardening. If stored well, Cat Ba squid 1 day sun dry can be used at least after 6 months. People often put dried squid in a vacuum bag and then put it in the freezer.
Cat Ba squid 2 day sun dryCat Ba squid 2 day sun dry is the type of squid that is dried in the sun for 2 days in a row. The type of ink applied to dry in this method is usually big squid. And to speed up the drying of the squid, fishermen often cut the squid in half.
Cat Ba squid 3 day sun dryCat Ba squid 3 day sun dry is known by many as high quality dried squid or high quality dried squid. After being caught, the squid will be prepared by local people and dried in the sun for 3 days. It is required that in those 3 days, the outdoor temperature must be maintained from 35 to 40 degrees Celsius. After 3 days of drying the squid outdoors, the meat will shrink, dry enough, the meat is still soft and has a characteristic aroma. This is also the best-selling dried squid in Cat Ba Island and the price is also higher than the type 1 and 2.
How to store dried squid to take away?Cat Ba dried squid, like all dried squid in other places, if not preserved, will cause a slight unpleasant smell or be damaged. So how to preserve dried squid to take away is the right way? If you have on hand dried squid that has been stored in the fridge, just don’t lose its coolness. And especially, you must not let the dried ink come into contact with the outside air. Ink should be stored in a vacuum bag. Cover the outer layer of newspaper with several layers of newspaper and wrap with cling film to prevent the smell of ink from escaping. Those who buy dried squid in Cat Ba or Hai Phong that are not refrigerated should be processed and eaten immediately after 1-2 days.
How to choose delicious Cat Ba Dried SquidAlthough I know Cat Ba dried squid is always ready and delicious. But if you know how to choose the delicious Cat Ba Dried Squid that Hai Phong Tours introduces below, you will have a perfect drinking…
- Choose a squid with a white belly, a black dot on its back, and a pink back
- The squid body is straight and the body is thick, the meat will be more meaty and sweet
- Dried squid must still have beard
- Squid must be fragrant, not fishy and not sticky to hands
Delicious dishes made from Cat Ba Dried SquidThere are many delicious dishes made from Cat Ba Dried Squid. But the simplest and fastest way to prepare it is to bake with alcohol. In every trip, picnic, anyone can bring dried squid and alcohol in their bag and be ready to sit with friends to eat and drink anywhere. After the squid is fragrant, use a hard object to soften the meat and then tear it into small pieces. Should be dipped with chili sauce to eat better. This dried squid is especially delicious if eaten with beer or wine at the same time! In addition, you can also buy Cat Ba dried squid for processing according to the following dishes:
- Salt-roasted dried squid
- Fried squid with garlic butter
- Dried squid with satay and tamarind juice
- Stir-fried dried squid beard with onion
- Dried squid processing mango salad, dried squid mango salad.
- Stir-fried bell pepper with dried squid
- Fried squid with fish sauce
- Dried squid shrimp porridge