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Old 12-11-2009, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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This past October I had live Octopus (called, "Sannakji") at a Korean Restaurant in Flushing, Queens that I saw on the Travel Channel (No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain). It was quite good and not nearly as horrific sounding as it sounds. Today, I saw the same episode and it got me wondering if we have anything like that here in the Boston area?

I'd really like to have it again and haven't seen anything like it up here. Does anyone know of a place that does have live octopus? if not, what's your favorite Korean restaurant?

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Old 05-10-2010, 10:32 AM
 
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You are a disturbed individual. For a little taste of culture, you torment and abuse a living creature. I hope you get what you deserve, murderer.
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:45 AM
 
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You are a disturbed individual. For a little taste of culture, you torment and abuse a living creature. I hope you get what you deserve, murderer.
It's not really living when it's served. The tentacles continue to move because they are served quickly after the animal is killed by having its head split open and its brain removed....which if the writhing tentacles don't turn you off, that little tidbit of information might.

LR Fox- just tell me this...why? No judgement here, I guess I can kind of understand the novelty and curiosity factor but why would you want it again?
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Brookline, MA
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Try Chau Chow City in Chinatown. It's Chinese and not Korean, but I was there awhile back and pretty sure I saw live octupus in their tanks. If not there, probably somewhere else in Chinatown. Also, try posting your question on the Boston board of www.chowhound.com - the posters over there are ridiculously knowledgable about food and restaurants.

ETA - Irfox - I just noticed your post is from Dec - let us know if you found the octopus!

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Old 05-10-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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Yes chowhound is the place for questions like this! The octopus sure must be fresh!

Favorite Korean restaurant was Minsok on Harvard St. in Brookline, but I think it changed hands and has gone downhill. We tried another one on Harvard St. in Allston, a big one, forgot name (you'll see it). It was quite good. Another customer recommended one in Newton, too. Good luck on your korean food hunt!.

Don't go to the Korean BBQ place on Beacon st. in Brookline--lackluster.
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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You are a disturbed individual. For a little taste of culture, you torment and abuse a living creature. I hope you get what you deserve, murderer.
Thanks Jen! You've successfully called an entire nation of 50+ Million People (S. Korea) "disturbed murderers." No, it's not really alive when it's served, it's just served so fresh that it's actually moving. No different than any other meal involving a creature that was once alive.

If you've ever read anything on how foie gras is made, that will literally make your stomach turn (because of the cruelty involved).

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LR Fox- just tell me this...why? No judgement here, I guess I can kind of understand the novelty and curiosity factor but why would you want it again?
I want it again because it tastes excellent. It's not the fact that it's still moving that is appealing (in fact, that's the most off-putting part) it's just that it's SO fresh. Octopus is very good (you can get it in any sushi restaurant), but it turns bad and chewy VERY quickly. The light sauce combined with the freshness and tenderness is outstanding. refrigerated sushi-style octopus just isn't the same.


I didn't end up finding a place, but it's probably mostly because I gave up looking. I did enjoy it when I tried it, but it's far from one of my favorite foods. I'll try it again if I find a place that serves it, but I don't really want to go out of my way to try to get it again.

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Old 05-10-2010, 01:07 PM
 
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I'd be interested in trying it, I've had octopus before, but its always been wayy too chewy to be enjoyable. Maybe it needs to be fresher. Next time I see it as an option, I'll give it a shot
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:47 PM
 
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I'd be interested in trying it, I've had octopus before, but its always been wayy too chewy to be enjoyable. Maybe it needs to be fresher. Next time I see it as an option, I'll give it a shot
I agree. It's a chewy meat in general. The longer it's been on ice, the more chewy it gets and the less enjoyable it is. I ask if it's been frozen or when it was caught before I ever get it now. The stuff I had in New York was pulled from a tank, and prepared, then served within a matter of about 10 minutes. It's NOT alive (only appears that way which is tough to get over), but it's super fresh and not as chewy.
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Old 05-10-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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I want it again because it tastes excellent. It's not the fact that it's still moving that is appealing (in fact, that's the most off-putting part) it's just that it's SO fresh. Octopus is very good (you can get it in any sushi restaurant), but it turns bad and chewy VERY quickly. The light sauce combined with the freshness and tenderness is outstanding. refrigerated sushi-style octopus just isn't the same.


I didn't end up finding a place, but it's probably mostly because I gave up looking. I did enjoy it when I tried it, but it's far from one of my favorite foods. I'll try it again if I find a place that serves it, but I don't really want to go out of my way to try to get it again.

Fair enough. Thanks for the answer. Bon Apetit!
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:31 PM
 
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You are a disturbed individual. For a little taste of culture, you torment and abuse a living creature. I hope you get what you deserve, murderer.
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