Are You Brave Enough?
Are you brave enough to eat raw octopus? In South Korea it’s the norm.
There are some pretty questionable and eye raising practices from around the world but the strange South Korean practise of eating Octopus that is still alive may be one of the strangest ones yet.
San nachi is normally served small enough to be wrapped around chopsticks and eaten in one bite. It is normally seasoned with seasame or sesame oil but that’s not enough to distract you from the fact that the pieces of small octopus are usually found still squirming on the plate. On occasion it is also seved whole. Chopsticks at the ready!
Special care should be taken when the dish is being eaten as the suction cups on the tentacles are still active, which can cause swallowed pieces of tentacle to stick to the mouth or the throat.
When eating San nachi it is important to chew as much as possible so that no singular piece can stick to the throat. Some people can feel the pieces moving while they swallow and will not chew the pieces up properly.