Thursday, April 7, 2016

Kale, Chilli & Squid Stir-Fry

The next featured chef at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) is Curtis Stone. We shall be cooking from his recipes for the next six months, from 4th April to 2nd October. This week's theme to welcome Curtis Stone to our kitchen is, G'day Curtis!, where we can make any of his recipes to welcome him to our kitchen. If you would like to join us, (please do!), you may get the full details from IHCC's website here.

Curtis Stone

I have tried a few of his recipes before and now, am so looking forward to explore more of his recipes for the next six months. To kick-start on welcoming Curtis Stone to my kitchen, I've made one of his recipes Kale, Chilli & Squid Stir-Fry.

A simple, quick and easy stir-fry dish. I used my homegrown Kale, and it is the first time I'm trying Kale. It is not a common veggie here in Malaysia, and I have never seen Kale being sold at the supermarkets before. Out of the many seeds that I've sowed, only one seedling survived and grow into a healthy plant. 

I have forgotten to buy the sugar snap peas, so I have omitted that. And I did not use kecap manis, an ingredient I am not fond of. I have used about 1/4 teaspoon of black soy sauce, for colour. From the ingredients list, there's sliced chillies and garlic used, and that brings to mind where's the ginger! I've added some julienned ginger, as I think ginger always goes well with chillies and garlic, and with any seafood. As for the squids, I cut them into rings, and did not fry them until browned as per the recipe indicated. I stir-fry the squids in one whole batch with a little oil, for about 3-4 minutes until almost cooked. The squids would release all their juices. Scoop everything into a plate, and cook as directed in the recipe, replacing the water in the recipe with the juices accumulated from the squids.

This is a delicious, easy dish, and great eaten as part of a meal with steamed white rice. I'm glad that I have forgotten the sugar snap peas, as I think that it is great without it. The only thing is, the next time I will add more Kale, as we love it! 

Kale leaves from my container garden. Beautiful fresh green! I have seen so many recipes using Kale that I was pretty curious, which led me to buy the seeds and grow this veggie. This is the first time we've tried Kale, and we love it. I'll be sowing the rest of the seeds soon.

Kale, Chilli & Squid Stir-Fry
(adapted from, Curtis Stone)
500gm squid tubes, rinsed, dried, scored, cut into 4cm pieces
2 tbsp peanut oil
1 red onion, cut into thin wedges
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1" ginger, sliced thinly and julienned (my addition)
1 long red chilli, thinly sliced, plus extra to serve
1/2 small bunch kale, washed, trimmed, shredded
150gm sugar snap peas, trimmed (omitted)
2 tbsp kecap manis (omitted kecap manis, added 1/4 tsp of black soy sauce)
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
Steamed Jasmine rice, to serve

  1. Season squid. Heat half the peanut oil in a wok over high heat. Cook the squid, in 2 batches, for 2-3 minutes or until browned and tender. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Heat remaining peanut oil in the wok over high heat and stir-fry onion for 1 minute. Add garlic and chilli. Stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the kale, sugar snap peas and 1/4 cup water. Stir-fry for 4-5 minutes or until kale wilts. Return squid to the wok and add kecap manis, soy sauce and sesame oil. Toss for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
  3. Top the stir-fry with extra chilli and serve with rice.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), theme for this week,
G'day Curtis!


  1. I am so impressed with your home grown kale! And I've never cooked with squid before, but you're making me want to try :)

  2. Joyce, you really have green fingers!! Your kale looks so pretty. You definitely don't need to get them from any supermarket. They cost tons!! Your garden is the perfect place to get veggies :)

    I love this dish from Curtis. It is perfect for a bowl of steaming hot rice!

  3. Hi Joyce! Your kale looks so beautiful! I've not tried kale yet because I usually see them being used in salads or make into chips. Yours look a lot more interesting and tempting!

  4. Hi Joyce,
    Homegrown Kale ... so nice. I saw some selling at Cold Storage here and pretty expensive. This is an interesting and delicious stir-fry dish ... surely perfect with a few bowls of steamed rice!

  5. Those squid rings look perfectly done, Joyce.

  6. Joyce , I've seen kale last time at the market and yup , it's a bit expensive compare to some veggies here . Love this dish , it's more filling than some kale recipe I've seen online :D

  7. You had me at Kale, Chilli & Stir-Fry, but lost me at Squid. :)

  8. oh yummm this looks so inviting.

  9. Joyce, this dish sounds delicious! Best of all, you used your homegrown kale. Nice!

  10. Wow, your first time trying kale! Your homegrown kale looks beautiful and I'm so glad you love it. I do too! It's so hearty and really stands out in a dish. Hooray for you first Curtis dish:)

  11. Looks like a lovely meal and homegrown too.

  12. Joyce, I'm so glad you finally had a chance to try kale and that you enjoyed it! I love stir-fried squid and this recipe looks like a great one to try.

  13. Your kale looks better than any I've seen in the store. We eat kale a lot. Kale and squid combination sounds great together. Phenomenal dish!

  14. Question. How does one prep squid? And do you have to be careful with cook time? I love it when we dine out (fried calamari with spicy green peppers and red pepper flakes is a fave!), but have never bought and prepped it ...

  15. Glad you all liked your kale--it is such a great and healthy green and your home-grown kale looks especially good. I would definitely have added the ginger to this dish as well. ;-) It looks delicious and a perfect way to welcome Curtis!

  16. Homegrown kale? Can I drop by your house and admire your garden? I can't plant anything, they usually end up wilted. :P

  17. In Germany we are eating kurly kale in winter dishes. Now the season is over. I've never seen your kind of kale at the farmers market. This dish Looks appealing !

  18. Joyce- nice kale recipes. I grow Kale on my deck also! The easiest to grow is Russian Kale. The other types, will be American Kale, and Italian Kale (Laccinato). They sell those seeds online, esp in the US.
    I used Kale, to replace Spinach, i.e. Palak Paneer dish, instead of spinach, I subs it with Kale. Kale is hardier, and will not turn to a "mush" when ones sautéed it...