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Spicy Squid Salad [ยำพล่าหมึก]

Thai spicy squid salad, ยำพล่าหมึก pronounced as yum plaa muek (there are different ways of writing it). This is an easy salad that can make all the difference if you are having a dinner party. With all the exotic ingredients this salad no longer looks like a salad. You can also add some shrimps to it to make it deluxe.


  • 400g squid
  • 2 pcs spring onions, finely shredded
  • 1 small handful lettuce leaves
  • 1 small handful mint leaves
  • 1 small handful coriander (leaves only)
  •  3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce (Tiparos)
  • 1 pcs bird's eye chili, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • 10 gram garlic
  • 2 large lemon grass (white part only), finely chopped
  • 1 pcs kaffir lime leave, finely chopped


Open the squid out flat and score the inner surface into fine diamond pattern with a small, sharp knife. Cut the squid lengthways into 4 wide strips, and then each strip into 3 pieces. Separate the tentacles into pairs.

Bring a pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the squid, in batches, and cook for 30 seconds until it has turned white and curled up. Remove and rinse under cold water and drain well.

Mix the ingredients for the dressing together in a bowl.

Scatter the salad leaves, herbs and spring onions on a plate. Add the dressing to the squid and mix well. Spoon it over the salad and serve.

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