Thankfully, squid was provided.
03/17/2010 - 03/17/2010
We spent most of our first day on Phu Quoc lounging on the beach (see previous post for that itinerary), but at night we went on a squid fishing tour arranged by the famous (he assures us he's famous) Toto. This was our first group tour of the trip, but it was pretty small, just us, a middle aged American couple, a woman writing for Footprint Guides (where do I sign up for that job?), and a couple of European girls who, it turned out, were vegetarian, so I have no idea what they were doing on a squid fishing trip.
Squid fishing is done at night, on small boats with bright lights attached to the side to attract the squid. Basically you hang a large hook over the side and attempt to gig the squid by jerking upwards periodically. I'm thinking there is something more to commercial squid fishing, but those were our instructions anyway. I think our whole group caught two squid and a handful of small fish (Chop landed one of those).
Fortunately, the crew had brought along enough squid to compensate for incompetence. They grilled up the squid on a charcoal stove right on the deck (as a collateral duty safety officer, I would have to say that that was an unsafe action, but I was way off the clock) and served it up with some squid porridge and various fruits.
It was great! I'm a sucker for squid any time (as long as it's relatively fresh) in any preparation at all, but this stuff was really good and simple. Unfortunately for the two vegetarian girls, the squid were, in typical squid fashion, made of meat. So they mostly pouted and ate fruit, which left loads of squiddy goodness for the rest of us.