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Fried calamari usually conjures images of heavily breaded tentacles with a chewy sometimes rubber texture. Not so at Rasa, which specializes in Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine. The crispy squid appetizer is sweet and spicy, slicked with a smabal chili sauce. But the squid is fried sans breading to a crisp, crunchy texture. There is certainly no rubberiness here. It reminds me of the crispy Thai noodle appetier Mi krop. But it’s squid! Price: $15
RASA
25 West 8th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Macdougal Street),
Greenwich Village
(212) 253-9888
rasanyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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