2 tsp black pepper, cracked
2 tbsp ground Szechuan peppercorns, roughly crushed
sunflower or vegetable oil, for frying
400g squid, cleaned and cut into strips (see tips, below)
finely sliced scallion (spring onion ,green end only) and red chilli, to serve
For the dipping sauce
1 red chilli, finely chopped
half cucumber, finely diced
1 tsp chopped chives
100ml rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp caster sugar
2 tsp fish sauce
To make the dipping sauce, mix all the ingredients in a small bowl until the sugar has dissolved, then set aside. Mix the cornflour with both peppers and 2 tsp sea salt in a large bowl, then set aside. Line a tray with kitchen paper and make sure you have more salt to sprinkle with.
Heat about 7cm of oil to 180C in a deep fryer, wok or deep pan. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test it with a cube of bread – it should brown in 20 secs. Coat the squid well with the cornflour mix and fry in batches for about 2 mins each or until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to lift out the squid, then drain on the kitchen paper and sprinkle with a little more salt. Serve the squid scattered with the spring onion and chilli, with the dipping sauce on the side.
Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2011