Best Squid Balls

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Sweet Station

2101 S. China Place
312-842-2228

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We were as surprised as anyone, but the squid balls at Sweet Station proved to be one of our favorite dishes at this Chinatown Mall location—and that’s saying a lot, as the menu presents a dizzying array of several hundred dishes. Squid balls are prepared by cooking and grinding the cephalopod, mixing the meat with ingredients like ginger and garlic, and then forming the slurry into small spheres. The resulting seafood sausage is delicate and more flavorful than similarly prepared surimi. It’s served in thin slices, lightly fried; take a pass on the generic accompanying sauce. Though squid balls would make excellent drinking food, Sweet Station serves no liquor. It is, however, open until 2 AM, so you can arrive already drunk.