Thai Squid


1 lb. squid, cleaned
4 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped fine
2-3 small Thai hot peppers, seeded and chopped
1 c. very thinly sliced onions
3 tbsp. lime juice
1/4 c. shredded fresh mint
1/4 c. shredded cilantro leaves
2 tbsp. fish sauce
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
4 large lettuce leaves

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Cut the body of each squid crosswise into 1 inch slices and the tentacles into 1/2 inch pieces. Add the squid to the boiling water and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until the water comes back to a boil. Do not overcook as squid has a tendency to get tough and chewy when overcooked. Drain immediately. Combine the remaining ingredients except the lettuce in a serving bowl large enough to hold the squid. Add the hot, drained squid and toss until well mixed. Set aside for at least 10 minutes (but best if marinated for 24 hours) stirring occasionally so that the dish can develop flavor. Can be kept in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Serve on lettuce leaves. Makes 4 servings.