This Saturday was the most action I've gotten since coming to Korea. We went to the famous Jagalchi fish market in Nampo to try Sannakji- live baby octopus.
The plate of slimy dicks tentacles wriggling about, and the thought of what they would feel like in my mouth got me all hot with anticipation. Would they suck, and if so, how hard? What about ink, would I get a load of ink in my mouth if I tongued it the right way? Would it even be hot at all?
I've always preferred calamari to octopus. Choosing the latter is like fucking an 18 year old; harder and more bland. I've even had fancy octopus at a tapas bar, cooked sous vide over fingerling potatoes in a chili-infused olive oil vinagrette. It did nothing for me (though Segovia is still the best restaurant in Winterfell Winnipeg).Tom heard it was very delicious, due to the freshness and the way it's prepared- sprinkled with sesame seeds and dipped in salted sesame oil.
We ate at a vendor in the middle of the Jagalchi fish market, off in a side booth. I didn't notice the great weather over the raw and fried fish smells and the mangled homeless guy crawling around on his scootie blasting begging music. Don't mind us Korea, just a bunch of touristy kids oggling over how weird your country is. So waygook. And to top it off, we found a place selling sannakji for 1/3rd the price a few minutes later.
All in all it was good, but gimmicky. I had more than most, but I wouldn't try it again. There's really not that much flavor aside from the sauce. If you don't chew thouroughly, the suckers could stick to your throat and suffocate you, if you're into that. Maybe this was just psychological, but my stomach felt a bit weird for an hour after.