Sannakji (Hangul: 산낙지) or sannakji hoe (산낙지 회) is a variety of hoe, or raw dish, in Korean cuisine. It consists of nakji (낙지, a small octopus) that has been cut into small pieces while still alive and served immediately, usually lightly seasoned with sesame and sesame oil. The nakji pieces are usually still squirming on the plate when served. It can also be served as a whole, live baby octopus.
Because the suction cups on the arm pieces are still active when the dish is served, special care should be taken when eating sannakji. The active suction cups can cause swallowed pieces of arm to stick to the mouth or throat. This can also present a choking hazard for some people, particularly if they are intoxicated.
In popular culture
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