Bizzare foods Korea: Live baby octopus (Sannakji)
On Sunday a few of us decided to go to the Noryangjin Fish Market. It is a sprawl of different vendors selling all types of seafood. At this fish market you can shop around and pick out any type of fresh (or live) seafood you’d like and then take it to a nearby restaurant where they cook it for you. We bought a live crab, some prawns, scallops, salmon for sashimi and live baby octopuses. The octopus was the main event for the day, and we were determined to try this traditional way of eating it…..live. In Korea, they take the live octopus, chop it into pieces and then mix it with a sesame sauce. The tentacles wiggle and move around for a pretty long time after it has been chopped up. The suction cups on the little tentacles not only stick to the plate when you try and pick them up…but also to parts of your mouth.
Here is a video of the day filmed and put together by my friend Frank. Don’t skip out early…around minute 5 Claire gives the best reaction to eating the dish as possible. Shaking hands and beer spillage included. Hope you enjoy!
To close I’d like to leave you with this English notebook phrase of the day. This one was spotted by Ashley on one of her student’s notebooks.
What is under my Hands. That I cannot feel?
I’m so curious to what they were referring to.