Extreme Dining: Live Octopus? Yum!

LA Times has a neat (or gross, your pick) article spotlighting four extreme eateries in Los Angeles, including a restaurant where the food is served in complete darkness, a restaurant that serves seafood so fresh it's still alive, and one that specializes in serving insects as gourmet entrées!

Arriving on the scene ignorant of Korean, and finding no English-speaking servers, I might have had problems cornering my prey. But I came prepared, armed with the magic words "san nag-jik": live octopus.

The name is a bit of a misnomer -- since the preparation involves relieving the poor 'pus of his bulbous head, it should probably be called "dying octopus" -- but there's no mistaking the lively tentacles the waitress politely delivers. They're moving, pulsing, writhing.

Fortified by a few shots of soju cocktail, I attempt to pick a segment up, but even with the chopsticks provided, it's difficult. The suction cups are still working furiously, forming a tight vacuum against the plate. With a little elbow grease, however, I wrestle it free, dip it in the obligatory sauce -- sesame oil and salt -- and pop it into my mouth.

Link (with video) - Thanks Tiffany!


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If the diners had any idea how smart octopi (octopuses?) are, they might think twice about eating them period. Let alone while alive.
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