Gongbao Sotong with Cashew

Gongbao Sotong with Cashew, a celebrated zi char masterpiece, captivates with its harmonious blend of tender squid, roasted cashews, and bold flavors. This dish features succulent squid pieces stir-fried with a medley of aromatic spices, dried chili, and cashew nuts, resulting in a tantalizing juxtaposition of textures and tastes. The marriage of spicy, sweet, and nutty notes creates a symphony of flavors that resonates with diners seeking a dish that balances savory richness with a touch of heat and crunch. Loved for its complex taste profile and the delightful interplay between the tender squid and the satisfying crunch of cashews, Gongbao Sotong with Cashew has solidified its reputation as a well-liked zi char favorite. It offers a memorable and flavorful dining experience that continues to captivate those in search of a dish that masterfully blends the allure of seafood, spices, and nuts, making it an enduring and highly sought-after choice. 

Why Do People Love Gongbao Sotong with Cashew

The irresistible appeal of Gongbao Sotong with Cashew lies in its unique combination of textures and flavours. The tender and succulent squid pairs perfectly with the crunchy cashews, creating a delightful contrast in every bite. The sauce, a harmonious blend of sweet, spicy, and tangy notes, elevates the dish to a whole new level of taste sensation. 

Whether you are a fan of seafood or simply love exploring new culinary delights, Gongbao Sotong with Cashew is sure to impress your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

 Making Gongbao Sotong with Cashew yourself

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


  • 500g squid, cleaned and sliced into rings
  • 100g cashew nuts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, for garnish

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Gongbao Sotong with Cashew 

Step 1

In a wok or large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic, ginger, and sliced chilli. Stir-fry for a minute until fragrant.

Step 2

Add the Sichuan peppercorns to the pan and continue stir-frying for another minute until they release their aroma. Be careful not to burn them.

Step 3

Increase the heat to high and add the squid rings to the pan. Stir-fry for about 2-3 minutes until they turn opaque and start to curl. Remove the squid from the pan and set aside.

Step 4

In the same pan, add the cashew nuts and stir-fry for a couple of minutes until they turn golden brown. Remove them from the pan and set aside.

Step 5

Reduce the heat to medium and add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and a pinch of salt to the pan. Stir well to combine the ingredients and let the sauce simmer for a minute.

Step 6

Return the cooked squid to the pan and toss it in the sauce until well coated. Cook for another minute to heat through.

Step 7

Finally, add the cashew nuts and sliced spring onions to the pan. Give it a quick stir to distribute the ingredients evenly.

Step 8

Transfer the Gongbao Sotong with Cashew to a serving dish, garnish with fresh coriander leaves, and serve hot with steamed rice or noodles. 

Serving Gongbao Sotong with Cashew with Other Dishes 

Gongbao Sotong with Cashew pairs exceptionally well with steamed jasmine rice, providing a satisfying and balanced meal. For an added burst of flavour, you can also serve it alongside a side dish of stir-fried vegetables, such as bok choy or Chinese broccoli.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Protein Source: Squid and cashews provide protein essential for muscle growth and overall body functions. 
  2. Healthy Fats: Cashews offer healthy unsaturated fats that can support heart health and provide energy. 
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Squid contributes minerals like zinc, selenium, and copper, while cashews offer magnesium and B vitamins. 
  4. Balanced Nutrient Profile: The combination of protein and healthy fats creates a balanced nutrient composition. 
  5. Spices and Flavors: The dish includes spices like dried chili, enhancing its flavor and potentially offering health benefits. 
  6. Culinary Diversity: The blend of textures and tastes creates an engaging and satisfying culinary experience. 
  7. Micronutrient Variety: The dish’s ingredients offer a range of vitamins and minerals important for health. 
  8. Occasional Enjoyment: While not meant for everyday consumption, the dish can be enjoyed occasionally as a flavorful treat. 
  9. Nutritional Synergy: The combination of seafood and nuts provides a unique nutritional synergy. 

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 Gongbao Sotong with Cashew 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. 

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