Live Octopus: Beware, it Sucks


What did a poor moving octopus say to its eater? It shouted: “Fighting!” These chewy sea creatures seem to struggle inside the mouth as ...

What did a poor moving octopus say to its eater?

It shouted: “Fighting!”

These chewy sea creatures seem to struggle inside the mouth as if telling the human not to chew them or else they will keep sucking.

Adventurous raw food eaters in South Korea take delight in live octopus dishes. Many gutsy tourists find this exotic and exciting, one of the many “food trips” they can do in the country. But to others, it is still a practice that needs a lot of courage and effort to try.

According to, eating a live octopus could kill you, especially if it is not prepared properly. Some nutritionists and chefs do not recommend eating it alive because its suckers make it a choking hazard. It has to be cut up into tiny bits first.

Raw octopuses have quite a low food poisoning risk that is why South Koreans include them in their specialty foods. It is also a rich source of active taurine.

So how do South Koreans enjoy live octopus?

Watch this interesting video about the right preparation before eating a live octopus. Kim Sang Jin, a chef of a hole-in-the-wall in Seoul, demonstrates this. He first removed the mucus from the tentacles by squeezing them downwards while holding its head. He proceeded to put the octopus on a chopping board to cut it into small pieces of slimy moving things. He adds some seasoning and garnishing like garlic, chili, and vegetables. Ta-dah! Your dancy little critters are ready!

The trick lies in knowing the size of the raw octopus before you put it in your mouth. If it is big, chances are, one will choke and die. Those who are not used to eating fresh moving octopus should always be careful. There are YouTube videos about accidents that occurred while people eat live octopus. It is always great to try new things when you are a new kid in town. But it will surely help to get more information from the internet and insider tips before embarking on any adventure.

What’s your experience with raw octopuses? Share it below.



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