No holiday to Southeast Asia is complete without trying the many delicious street foods hidden down back alleys, laneways and side streets. But now you can taste one of the region's tastiest snacks right here in Footscray.
Located opposite Footscray Station, IKA8 is a new Southeast Asian eatery showcasing one particular dish: whole deep-fried squid. Refined by head chef Eddie Huynh, the seafood-on-a-stick snack — easy to eat as you're running to, or from, a train — comes in a range of flavours, including Singaporean salted egg sauce, tom yum sauce, soy and ginger Japanese glaze and an extra spicy variety with Korean seasoning. They're priced at a reasonable $10.
If whole squid doesn't quite tickle your fancy, the eatery also boasts a range of tasty sides: squid bites ($7) and squid balls ($5), calamari rings ($6), thick-cut chips topped with bonito flakes ($6) and a IKA8 bento box meal ($12).
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