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Posted by on Nov 6, 2008

낙지, slithery goodness

In my previous post, I forgot to mention that there will be at least one visit to the Nakji area in Jongno (a cluster of maybe 5 restaurants specializing in octopus).

Nakji (낙지) is octopus in Korean. It can be served in a variety of ways with Sannakji (산낙지)probably the most famous. Regular nakji can be fried or boiled or served in any manner you want, but the sannakji is basically live octopus chopped once or twice and still slithering. It is not for the weak of heart and there have been incidents of people choking to death from a piece of octopus still clinging to life (and airway). Jen and I usually like it after it has shuffled off this mortal tentacle. However when they stir fry it in front of you, it is still moving. By the time it gets to your mouth, however, it is not.
If you are curious, you can read more about it here.

Otherwise, enjoy the YouTube video (not mine; doc19081).

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