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? :)