Sannakji (산낙지) is a delicacy in South Korea. However, it is also one of the most dangerous foods in the world! Sannakji is a live octopus that is eaten either chopped up, or whole! In this video, I check out this extreme food! You might be familiar with san nakji from the movie ‘Old Boy’.
Preparation is simple. A live octopus is pulled from a tank, wrapped around a chopstick, dipped in some sesame oil, and then shoved into the diner’s mouth. This definitely isn’t a dish for the faint of heart, or for those concerned about cruelty to animals (PETA hates dish! Find out why!) San Nakji (live octopus) can be served with a variety of side dishes, and is often accompanied with alcohol.
Diners should be sure to chew the octopus carefully, as this dish can be fatal! The octopus has been known to ‘fight back’ by clinging to the diner’s throat, effectively choking them to death!
This is a dish is a unique experience for sure! If you’re visiting South Korea, you’ll have plenty of dining options. However, those brave enough to try this unique food will never forget the experience!
(It should be noted that ‘Tastes Seoul Good’ had mixed feelings due to the way the animal was dispatched. However, as a guest in the country, I wanted to partake in this unique cultural experience).
This is a video of eating sannakji in Seoul, South Korea.