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Published October 30th 2015
Hungry for squid? A whole squid?
Walk through any night market in South East Asia and you'll likely find seafood on a stick, ranging from fish balls, squid balls and octopus balls to more exotic fare like tripe and starfish. Within the South Australian Museum is a 11 metre model of a giant squid, Architeuthis Dux , a deep sea creature extending over 4 floors. In the science centre of the museum is a real specimen preserved in alcohol.
If looking at giant squids makes you crave some of the chewy cephalopods, head across North Terrace to Parc Arcade off Rundle Mall to the shop "Bomb Squid."
The shop is a small hole in the wall with a bright blue sign, and the name of the shop refers to its specialty, a whole squid on a stick, crumbed, deep fried and seasoned with a choice of salt and pepper, cumin, sweet plum and 'spicy.' The shop also serves a variety of other items usually found in street stalls in Hong Kong with a selection ranging from mutton soup, pork buns, cuttlefish balls and fish balls to more familiar fare including chips, kebabs and chicken wings.
Other menu options are available
The squid itself is an interesting meal and its crumbed coating, similar to fish and chip shops, more familiar than the crunchy tapioca based batter of Hot Star Large Fried Chicken. The crumbed coating is of a neutral character and the overall flavours are delivered by the choice of seasoning. I have found the squid difficult to handle at first and it requires a few bites before the skewer is able to be grasped. Within, the squid is juicy, steaming and less chewy than one would usually expect.
A Bomb Squid
Overall however, I've found that the other food items pack a decent flavour punch and are more manageable than the somewhat intimidating $9.90 "Bomb Squid." The seafood balls, calamari rings and squid tentacles are delicious.
If you're hungry, looking for a challenge and have a yearning for squid, "Bomb Squid" is an ideal choice to satisfy this specific craving, and for others who seek something less daunting for lunch, the variety of other smaller options are a welcome addition.