Crispy Sotong Ring

Crispy Sotong Ring, a beloved zi char specialty, delights with its irresistible combination of crunchy texture and delectable flavors. This dish features tender squid rings coated in a crispy batter and deep-fried to perfection, creating a satisfying contrast between the delicate seafood and the satisfying crunch. The golden-brown rings are often seasoned with flavorful spices, enhancing the dish’s appeal. Loved for its addictive crunch and the savory taste experience, Crispy Sotong Ring has firmly secured its status as a well-liked zi char favorite. It offers a memorable and indulgent dining journey that continues to captivate diners seeking a dish that encapsulates the pleasure of crispy textures and the rich flavors of well-prepared squid, making it a timeless and highly sought-after choice. 

Why Do People Love Crispy Sotong Ring:

The popularity of Crispy Sotong Ring can be attributed to two main factors: its irresistible crunch and its mouthwatering flavour. The crispy outer layer provides a satisfying texture that contrasts beautifully with the tender squid inside. With each bite, you experience a delightful combination of delicate seafood goodness and the satisfying crispness of the batter. 

The subtle blend of spices and seasonings also enhances the natural flavours of the squid, creating a harmonious balance that keeps people coming back for more.

What You Need For Your Crispy Sotong Ring:

 Making Crispy Sotong Ring yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 300 grams fresh squid rings
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup ice-cold sparkling water
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Crispy Sotong Ring

Step 1

In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, and dried thyme. Mix well to ensure the spices are evenly distributed.

Step 2

Gradually pour in the ice-cold sparkling water while stirring the dry ingredients. Continue whisking until a smooth batter forms. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the batter to rest.

Step 3

Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan or fryer over medium heat. The oil should be deep enough to fully submerge the squid rings.

Step 4

Dip each squid ring into the batter, making sure it is evenly coated. Allow any excess batter to drip off before carefully placing it into the hot oil.

Step 5

Fry the squid rings in batches for approximately 2-3 minutes or until they turn golden brown and crispy. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan, as it can lower the oil temperature and result in a less crispy texture.

Step 6

Remove the fried squid rings using a slotted spoon or tongs and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.

Step 7

Repeat the frying process until all the squid rings are cooked.

Step 8

Serve the Crispy Sotong Rings immediately while still hot and crispy. They can be enjoyed on their own or with a dipping sauce of your choice, such as sweet chilli sauce or garlic aioli. 

Serving Crispy Sotong Ring with Other Dishes 

For a complete seafood feast, consider serving it alongside steamed jasmine rice, a refreshing side salad, and a tangy Thai-style green papaya salad. The combination of flavours and textures will create a memorable dining experience that showcases the vibrant cuisine of Southeast Asia.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Source of Protein: Squid rings provide a source of protein essential for muscle growth and overall body functions. 
  2. Rich in Minerals: Squid contains minerals like zinc, selenium, and copper, important for various bodily processes. 
  3. Texture and Flavor Contrast: The crispy batter and tender squid rings create an appealing contrast in texture and flavor. 
  4. Balanced Meal Component: When consumed in moderation alongside nutrient-rich vegetables and whole grains, Crispy Sotong Ring can contribute to a balanced meal. 
  5. Vitamins and Omega-3: Squid offers B vitamins (B12) and a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids, beneficial for health. 
  6. Indulgent Pleasure: The dish’s satisfying crunch and savory taste make it an indulgent treat. 
  7. Culinary Enjoyment: Crispy Sotong Ring offers a pleasurable dining experience that resonates with those seeking a satisfying crunch. 
  8. Occasional Treat: While not a dish for frequent consumption due to its frying process, it can be enjoyed occasionally as a delightful treat. 
  9. Micronutrient Diversity: Depending on the recipe and batter, the dish can offer a variety of vitamins and minerals. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Crispy Sotong Ring without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

Join us for a memorable meal, where affordability meets genuine culinary excellence, promising to satisfy your taste buds and leave you with cherished moments.

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