Eating Live Octopus in Korea

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Korea is a land of unique culinary…ideas.

If you’re reading this from back home, you probably think of Korean food as being the K-Barbecue joint in town, or kimchi, rice, and soju.

Korea is a land of unique culinary…ideas.

If you’re reading this from back home, you probably think of Korean food as being the K-Barbecue joint in town, or kimchi, rice, and soju.

IN Korea there’s a whole lot “broader” spectrum of choices. I’ll say that. Having grown up eating Korean food, I am familiar with the food even if I don’t know the names. Even if I haven’t tried all the Korean foods out there, I’m very familiar with the smells and textures.
DSC00381 150x150 Eating Live Octopus in KoreaThere are literally endless lists of food choices uniquely Korean that we’ve all probably never heard of. One big area is the whole raw seafood menu.

Very akin to Japan, if it lives in the ocean Koreans will eat it. And they prefer to eat it RAW!

I could probably do an entire YouTube channel traveling around Korea eating all the different foods they have to offer and still not cover it all. I do plan on covering a bunch before I leave though.

I decided to give the live octopus experience a shot. In Korea it’s called sannakji (산낙지).

I went to Jagalchi Fish Market where there is an entire building devoted to eating raw sea-life. You walk into the ground floor to choose your animal and then bring it to the restaurant upstairs where it is prepared.

 

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Sannakji is basically dismembered and served on a plate with scallions and sesame oil on top of it. There is also a side of sesame oil to dip it in.

One of the main reasons Koreans enjoy eating their food raw is so they can really get a taste and sense of the “freshness” of the food.

Take a moment to imagine what it could possibly be like to chew on many pieces of slimy, bite-sized squirming chunks of rubber that are trying to stick to the insides of your mouth.

Got the image? Yeah, that’s what it was like.

 

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  1. Re: Eating Live Octopus in Korea

    I ate live octopus once as a dare by some fellow employees…I can say I won't do it again 🙂  I have been told it can kill you? actually didn't find this out until several years later.  But, all in all my day was great excluding the octopus!

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