Skip to comments.Dancing squid bowl: Could you eat this? (Yes, it's what you think and yes, there's a video)
Posted on 07/22/2011 11:58:52 PM PDT by Stoat
TAKE one squid, cut off its head and watch the rest dance on a bed of rice and salmon roe. Eat. Or not.
This Japanese delicacy known as odori-don or dancing squid rice bowl is a variation on traditional squid sashimi and uses soy sauce to create the disturbing illusion of bringing a dead squid back to life.
YouTube user Richard Fan shot the above video on a visit to Hokkaidos Ikkatei Tabiji restaurant and explains that sodium in the soy causes neurons to fire, making the muscles twitch.
The dish comes with the head cut into small sashimi slices and the rest joins as a side plate once the performance is complete.
Mr Fan said the squid was completely motionless before the sauce was poured on and was definitely dead at the time of serving.
This controversial method of preparing sashimi while its still alive is known as ikizukuri, and is banned in Australia.
(Excerpt) Read more at heraldsun.com.au ...
According to a poster in the 'comments' area of the Herald Sun page, the head of the squid is sliced into small pieces while it's still alive and this is why this method of preparation is banned in Australia.
“Suddenly, I don’t feel hungry anymore” ping.
In Korea there are places where you can eat a small live octopus, usually done in one bite I think.
Wow. Knowing that it's still alive for a while in my stomach before it dies from the gastric juices would make me think of the movie "Alien".
It's interesting, what different cultures consider acceptable or not to eat. I'll stick with bacon, steak & whisky though, thanks very much ;-)
Reminds me of those old high school experiments with frogs’ legs and electrodes.
Yes, there’s a video of fresh frogs’ legs being stimulated by salt below the ‘dancing squid’ video at the Herald Sun page. I hadn’t seen it done that way before.
All I can say is - no wonder they say the Orientals are masters at torture :-)
When my Son was a wee lad of 5, we went to a “Classic” restaurant that had no kiddie menu.
After hearing all the selections he decided on frog legs.
When they arrived he tucked into them with gusto!
But with each successive bite he slowed and lost enthusiasm.
Finally he broke into tears.
I said “what’s wrong?”
The octopus scene from the Korean film "Old Boy": most disturbing part of the movie, and it was 100% real.
I kind of liked that movie. lol.
Koreans have a thing with not so happy endings.
See “Mother” as an example
I'll check it out.
Is this the film you're referring to?
If you ever go to China, try drunken shrimp. A bowl of live shrimp slowly drowning in a strong alcohol broth. Nothing like live shrimp to eat!
Not that I ever did - I prefer my food to at least be dead...
That sounds very much like a now-illegal French dish involving a small, live bird which is forced to drink something alcoholic, brandy I believe. Not something that I’d want to order at a restaurant anyhow.
This is also done with lobster.
They rip the tail from a live lobster, cut the tail meat for sashimi, put it back in the shell and reattach the tail to the lobster downside up.
The tail shell becomes the bowl and the carapace is still alive and part of the meals decor.
“I never liked Mother”.
“That’s strange, you’ve had two helpings”.
(”Bob and Tom Radio”)
Dinner guest: “I really don’t like your neighbors.”
Jeffrey Dahmer: “Then push them aside and just eat the vegetables.”
Hasn’t anyone ever heard a raw oyster scream “oh noooo!” when it slides down your throat? :)
and they consider us the barbarians.
That’s a little too intense for me!
No, but I’ve seen clam on the half shell curl slightly from lemon juice right before I’ve slurped them.
Oh. I thought it was going to be a talent contest, like “America’s Next Great Cephalopod.”
Just bring me a PB & J and a glass of milk.
I must be a Buddhist at heart, because I can’t stand the thought of cruelty to any creature on God’s earth. Sure, I’ll swat a fly, but I would never torture it or cause it to die a slow painful death. And yes, I know the squid was quickly killed by having its head removed, but how do we know the body is not still feeling the pain, or the head feeling phantom pain? People have really strange ideas about what they consider funny.
It would make me think of the Sarlacc from Star Wars! I would never eat an alive animal -- it's wayy too cruel..
which french dish is that?
good point. But I wouldn’t eat live oyster either.
Uh, I should have taken your advice.
“Hasnt anyone ever heard a raw oyster scream oh noooo! when it slides down your throat? :)”
“When it comes to eating oysters, nothing is slicker, nothing is moister... ...That’s why I like my oysters fried, then I know my oyster’s died.” author unknown
I tried calamari..once. Didn’t like the texture, smell, taste.
Think I’ll pass on this ‘delight’.
I'm with you on that one. Some extreme criminals excluded.
Gross is beyond description
“a small live bird”
IIRC, that French delicacy is an “ortolan”, smaller than a sparrow, and eaten whole while one wears a napkin over one’s head. Not for this Yank, thanks.
Anyway, this thread kind of trumps all those jokes about rare steak (”cook just enough to get rid of the moo, then have to kind of chase it off the plate”). All kinds of raw moving food.
BTW, squeezing lemon juice over a shucked clam and seeing it move merely guarantees freshness. Not the same as those yukky Asian dancing whatevers.
Sashimi is great, but when it comes to squid, I prefer Szechuan-style spicy fried with minced hot pepper.
Unfortunately, I’m a day’s drive from Vancouver.
I agree 1000%.
And if the squid came from the waters off the reactor in the tsunami, not only will it “dance” but it will “glow in the dark”
I would not worry too much about the body still feeling pain; perception of pain is modulated through the brain.
Chopping up the head while it is still alive, though... I don't know. I don't remember how large the squid brain is, or where it is, but if it is not destroyed rapidly by the act of cutting, then there is a potential of suffering.
I don’t eat bait.
LOL! Oh well, live and learn....
Ah. The Ortolan Bunting. Francois Mitterrand's last, and highly illegal, meal.
Ortolans are an endangered species. A tiny songbird about the size of your thumb.
My introduction to them was in an Anthony Bourdain book, in which he and a few famous chefs were invited to dine (illegally) on Ortolan in the company of another famous chef in New York.
According to this NPR audio bite and transcript, Ortolan is prepared by drowning it alive in Armagnac. It is then cooked, plucked, and then served whole, and eaten bones, head, and all.
"People typically will eat it under a white napkin. And part of it is to create a little capsule for yourself so that all of the aromas and tastes are captured in the space before you. But also people traditionally ate beneath the cloth napkin because they didn't want to have God see them eating these little songbirds."
After Mitterrand ate his Ortolan, he didn't have anything else to eat for the remaining ten days of his life.
Riker ate something like that with Klingons once. Gagh?
That’s just made of awesome.
I first heard of Anthony Bourdain when he did a culinary travelogue of Uzbekistan, where I was deployed 2003-04. I only got to travel outside our compound in Karshi-Khanabad twice, to the ancient city of Samarqand. He sampled the food, attended an Uzbek wedding, and made the point that the further Uzbekistan goes from its secular Soviet days, the closer it moves toward Islamicization.
The lovely young Uzbek women I spoke with didn’t give a rip about Islam and dressed accordingly for the 100 plus degree weather; midriff-baring tops were not uncommon. They regarded Afghans as primitive woman-hating savages.
Turns out they were right. Been that way for centuries.