Squid ring is the best pasalabong if you come from Sagay. It is one of the best delicacies of the city, a tasty crunchy snack that everybody loves.
One of the known makers of squid rings in Sagay City is Veloria’s. It just started as a small family business, Veloria’s Squid Rings, but now is already receiving orders nationwide and the products are shipped directly to their customers.
Here’s a recipe on how to cook deep fried squid rings. The procedure is somehow the same but just make your squid slices thinner.
Deep Fried Squid Rings
recipe from panlasangpinoy.net
- 1/2 kilo fresh squid (pusit), washed and cleaned
- 2 tablespoons calamansi or lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon refined salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoon cooking oil
- Cooking oil for deep frying
- Slice squid into 1/2 inch rings. Marinate for 1/2 hour in 1 tablespoon of the calamansi juice and sea salt. Drain in a bowl, combine cornstarch, flour, salt and baking soda.
- In another bowl, blend water, the remaining calamansi juice, egg and oil.
- Dip squid rings into flour mixture, then into egg mixture, and deep fry until golden brown.
- Serve hot with sweet chili sauce or vinegar with garlic.
How to Get There:
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (estimated cost of Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab and ask to be dropped off at the nearest bus station for Bacolod-Sagay.
You can also go to Bacolod by ferry (estimated cost of Php2700++ with meal, round trip, 20-22 hours) from Manila. From the port you can get a cab and ask to be dropped off at the north terminal bus station for Bacolod-Sagay. Buses and vans for hire regularly plying the northern Negros highway. Sagay is approximately a 2-hour drive (approximately 82-kilometers) by private car from Bacolod city.
photos: Thank you to Ronald Villar of Sagay City’s Info-Tourism for the photos.