When Diana and I decided to meet in Seoul, we
both had one goal in mind: eat live raw octopus. It’s a common dish in Korea
called Sannakji which means eating
octopus raw and when it’s alive. Some people eat the octopus whole and
some have them cut up (their nerves remain active awhile after they are dead).
We didn’t want to die from the possibility of its tentacles wrapping around our
esophagus, so we stuck with the cut up version.
particular restaurant that had a tank in the front. The place is called “MeeNeeMaNee”.
I have no clue what it means but if you want to come here just look for the
orange sign and cow-holding-a-hotpot logo. 😛
actually stared at them for a while, most likely from anticipation, fear and
the tank… unaware of their imminent death.
actually having hot pot. I noticed no one else was eating Sannakji and some
people stared at us when it was served to us. But I guess that’s because most locals
don’t normally eat this stuff regularly. It’s more of a foreigners thing.
and ‘korean style’ coleslaw.
justice because you need to see the octopus moving and wriggling around so
check this video out of it staying ‘alive’ after its been cut.
octopus dish. However, it looked a lot more scary than this because all of the
parts were moving and we had to eat it like that.
It was such a cool and slightly scary experience (the suction cups of the
tentacles hold onto the inside of your cheeks and teeth!!! X.X) but I encourage
anyone who is an adventurous eater to give this a try!! You can also check out foodology’s blog to see her
side of this experience.