Pla Muek Nueng Manao (Steamed Squid in Lime Sauce) is a popular Thai seafood appetizer. The sour, spicy and a little bit sweet taste combined with the squid give this dish a very refreshing taste. I got some squids from Seafood City when I went grocery shopping at Granville Island this morning. Seafood City is my go-to place for squids and mussels. The shop offers a good selection of seafood at reasonable price. The staff there are really friendly as well. The squids from here are fresh and meaty (and have already been cleaned!). I recommend checking this place out if you go to Granville Island. Here is a recipe for my Pla Muek Neung Manao. I like it really sour and not so sweet. I also don’t make it very spicy (most Thai people will tell you that my spicy food tolerance is probably the same as that of elementary school children… :P). Feel free to adjust the amount of ingredients for the sauce based on your flavour preference.
- 2 Squids
- 6 Tablespoons lime juice
- 3 1/2 Tablespoons fish sauce
- 3 Tablespoons chopped garlic
- 1/2 Tablespoons sugar (if you like sweet you can double or triple this amount)
- 1 Teaspoon thai bird’s eye chili
- Clean squids and cut into 2cm rings
- Place the squids on a plate and steam for 10 minutes
- While waiting for the squids to steam, in a separate bowl combine lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, sugar and chili together to make the lime sauce
- After 10 minutes you will see some liquid surrounding the squid. Dispose about half of that liquid and add the sauce to the squids.
- Steam for another 10 minutes
- Remove from the heat, add mint leaves, cilantro
- Garnish with Chili and lime wedges