Live octopus is one of the more adventurous items of Korean sushi. Chunks of octopus are served still wriggling, and diners can feel the suckers pulling on their mouths and throats as they eat. One very important piece of information here: The octopus is not actually alive, says Polecat. The octopus is killed very quickly, and the wriggling action is caused by the remnants of nerves that take a while to stop moving. Polecat has had it and loved it, on a chilly night in Seoul, with some soju (sort of a Korean version of vodka). “Barbaric?” asks Polecat. “Maybe so. But no more or less than eating other animals that have been killed for our dining pleasure.”

erica finds eating the dish to be a very unusual experience. The soju helps get one’s nerves under control. The taste is fine, but it’s difficult to get past the sensation of eating something that’s still moving. blim8183 had it in Seattle recently and agrees that the taste is fine, but the sensation is unnerving. “What I found most disconcerting was the thought of the tentacles attaching themselves to the interior of my throat as I was swallowing them,” says blim8183. “In order to prevent this I just made sure to chew each piece VERY thoroughly.”

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