Ready-to-Eat Crispy Squid Heads. I can't even begin to tell you how delighted I was to find this snack on my latest excursion to A. Dong Supermarket in West Hartford. I just looked at the photo on the package and was overwhelmed with the urge to buy it.
I got home and ripped open the package. A strong but clean aroma of fried clams slapped me in the face, and I peered inside the bag to find it filled with lightly breaded squid tentacle bunches, fried until crispy, fairly beckoning me to reach in and GRAB THEM AND NOM.
I managed to control myself long enough to take some pictures.
You can see how deliciously delicate the tentacles are. They're covered, as I said, in a light crunchy breading. And they are scrumptious, though not in the way that I expected them to be.
Because when I smelled their calamarish perfume and saw that they were indeed actual squid tentacles, I expected an assertive squid flavor, which is not actually what I got. No, the flavor is subtle and almost ethereal rather than bold and clammy. These tasty morsels are close cousins to those tins of French-fried onions that people dump out onto green beans at Thanksgiving time, only with a hint of seafood flavor replacing the onion taste.
Despite the gentleness of the squid taste, I found myself really enjoying them. They were crunchy and satisfying and there was just enough in the package to make a perfect snack. I am really glad that I bought two of them while I was there, so I can treat myself to them again without having to make the road trip out to West Hartford for them.