Before coming to Korea, if there’s one food I swore I wouldn’t eat it would definitely have to be sannakji. Sannakji (산낙지 — “nakji” meaning “a small octopus”) is raw octopus that is cut into small pieces and served immediately. Here’s the kicker — it may be dead, but it still moves! It can also be served whole and it usually served with a dipping sauce like sesame oil.
During a weekend in Busan in April my friends convinced me that we just *had* to partake in this dish. I wavered, but curiosity got the better of me. I’m not one to back down from a challenge, and I actually enjoy trying unusual foods. I mean, c’mon, I’m the girl who has tried a Krispy Kreme cheese burger, chocolate covered bacon, and deep-fried Oreos (FYI the burger/Oreos = awesome, bacon = ugh no).
We almost didn’t ended up buying it because the woman in the store wanted 30,000 won for the octopi and then another 10,000 for eating it in the restaurant. As we walked out though we struck a deal: 20,000 for the octopi and we could take it to go. Not much later, there we were at Gwangalli beach eating the still squirming dish. Despite the lack of dipping oil it was decent. I think I would try it again!
We even shared a bit with the [giant] ants scurrying around us. 🙂