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Is this normal for calamari?

So I had calamari for the very first time recently. It was okay, I guess. Can't say it was great. It was breaded and I guess fried. I didn't think it was awesome - kinda squishy and crunchy and purple inside. D=

Did I get a bad batch or do I just need to train my southernified taste buds?

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Doctor What8 years ago
It's your southernified taste buds. You see, we, up in the north, are free of southernified taste buds, and have a sophisticated palate, we eat many things, like hot pockets. We love deep fried things that have next to no taste and are of questionable color.
Hot pocket's next commercial on TV will taught their greatest asset...... "Hot pockets ! Instead of Metamucil !"
Diarrhea pocket!
Goodhart8 years ago
Noah recently published a Salad collection of ibles, and at the bottom, I found THIS, which might be of some interest
Nope, that's normal.
Normal doesn't mean RIGHT though ;-) That was definitely not cooked correctly.....
caitlinsdad8 years ago
Aaaah. I hope you didn't get it as some appetizer in one of those casual-dining chain restaurants that claim to be your friendly neighborhood hangout. It was probably a frozen product similar to battered rubber bands. Fried calamari (pronounced gal-maaar) should be really only dusted with flour and maybe a little fine cornmeal in the mix, salt and pepper. It can be batter dipped like in a tempura but really should not be heavily breaded with breadcrumbs. It should be served with lemon wedges and a spicy tomato dipping sauce(italian spaghetti sauce that is thicker). I like the tenacle parts the best. The purplish color may be from poor preparation where the ink sac was not properly cleaned and removed. It is also bad if you find a bit of the clear cartilage part or the hard eyeball socket in your food. The rings should not be too large in size and should turn out a nice clean white color. Overcooked calamari will be tough like rubber bands. It shoud be tender and easy to chew and best when just cooked. Char-grilled calamari with just olive oil is a treat. Baby calamari is pretty good but may be difficult to find fresh in the markets. It is easy to make it yourself. I may have to do an ible on it.
Lithium Rain (author)  caitlinsdad8 years ago
Yes, I got it at an italian restaurant as an appetizer. It was kinda like rubber bands, actually. Kinda icky. OOoo! Ible!
oh, if it was rubbery, it was way overcooked....which will not make you sick, but is unpleasant at least.
Olive Garden or Pasta Express do not count as Italian restaurants. It's funny but in NYC, in general, more ethnic restaurants are not run by the ethnic group that you expect Pizzarias are usually run by Mexican or Albanian Tacorias are run by Chinese Japanese-sushi and teppanyaki are run by Chinese Vietnamese are run by Chinese Malaysian/Thai are run by Chinese Turkish shish-kabab places are becoming popular displacing the Greek gyro joint. I may have to do an ible on zeppoles too if I break out the deep-fryer.
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