Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dried Squid at a Kota Kinabalu Market

Do you like dried squid? It's one of my favorites.  It's like eating an exotic bubble gum, but you could actually swallow or eat it!  My husband hates the smell of dried squid.  I guess eating dried squid is an Asian thing?  In other western countries, in Mid East contries, they hate the smell of dried squid when you're cooking it.  Neighbors could actually call and complain to  the police when you fry dried squid, dried fish.  I am not into dried fish (I have allergies when I eat dried fish) but dried squid is - yeah baby!

Some like it dried and shredded, calling it dried shredded squid.  Some call it cuttle fish instead of squid. 
do you know that dried squid is so rich in zinc?  Here's the nutritional information of dried squid:  How do you process dried squid?  Below is from Wikipedia:


Thumb sized single strand

Ojingeochae bokkeum, a Korean dish stir-fried in a sauce based on gochujang (chili pepper paste).

Northern Pacific Squid is separated into different parts and skinned, cooked at 65-80C for 3-5 minutes, cooled, grated and seasoned at a temperature below 20C for more than 4 hours. Sugar, salt, sorbitol, sweetener, and organic acid is added.[2] They are then dried at 40-45C for 12-20 hours until it reaches a moisture level of 40%. It is then aged in a cold room for 2 weeks or longer, then dried at a higher temperature of 110-120C for 3-5 minutes.[2] It is then machine-shredded and seasoned for a second time, dried again to a reduced moisture level of 25-27%. At this phase the color is yellow or brownish. The amino acids on the squid are revealed by the increase in brown color over prolonged storage time. Vacuum packaging or nitrogen-filled packaging also increase browning. Consumers generally do not want excessive browning.[2]

Some claim that dried squid is not healthy, as some would put arsenic on it.  In the Philippines, fresh squid are simply dried in hot sun and packaged - no chemicals at all.  

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per 1 oz, boneless
Calories 98.87
Calories from Fat 13.35
% Daily Value *

Total Fat 1.48g 2%

    Saturated Fat 0.385g 2%

    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.563g  

    Monounsaturated Fat 0.115g  

Cholesterol 250.41mg 83%

Sodium 172.25mg 7%

Potassium 264.41mg 8%

Total Carbohydrate 3.31g 1%

    Dietary Fiber 0g 0%

Protein 16.74g 33%

Alcohol 0g  
Vitamin A 1 %     Vitamin C 8 %

Calcium 3 %     Iron 4 %

Vitamin D 0 %     Vitamin E 3 %

Thiamin 1 %     Riboflavin 18 %

Niacin 11 %     Folate 1 %

Vitamin B-6 3 %     Vitamin B-12 22 %

Phosphorus 24 %     Magnesium 9 %

Zinc 11 %     Copper 102 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. 

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