Step 1: Clean and Chop Squid
Squeeze behind the head to extrude the beak, and remove it from the center of the tentacles. Cut just below the eyes to free the tentacles, then add them to the bowl with the body rings.
Tentacles are the best part. No, really- they're fantastic.
Step 2: Boil Squid
Drop the squid into the water in batches, removing it just as it turns opaque. This should take less than a minute, so be ready with a slotted spoon.
Deposit the cooked squid on a paper towel to cool and dry.
Step 3: Make Sauce
juice of 2 limes
~1 Tablespoon hot chili/garlic sauce (sriracha)
~1 teaspoon sesame oil
~1/2 teaspoon fish sauce (or to taste)
~1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 kaffir lime leaf, finely minced (zest from those limes makes a fine substitute)
3 finely minced shallots
2 Tablespoons brown or palm sugar (honey or agave nectar are good substitutes)
handful fresh mint, finely minced
handful fresh cilantro, finely minced
salt and pepper to taste
Stir it up and taste. It should be aromatic, spicy, and acidic with a touch of sweet. Adjust the seasonings as necessary to make the sauce taste good to you.
Note that I resisted the temptation to add a grated garlic clove to the mix- there's already garlic in the sriracha, and I didn't want to overpower the squid.
Step 4: Add Squid and Marinate
Step 5: Serve
Garnish with any of the herbs used in the salad and serve on funny-looking plates. For best results, make sure all the tentacles are showing.