Minimani: Eating Raw Octopus (Sannakji) in Seoul, Korea

Diana Chan August 14, 2012 Four Beakers, Jung-Gu, Myeong-Dong

Minimani is a restaurant in Myeong-Dong that specializes in grilled meats. Kirby and I met up to venture out to find some raw octopus to eat. We were passing by and saw they had a tank of live octopus, so we were sure they would sell sannakji!

Since it is a BBQ restaurant, all tables do have gas stoves on top. Depending on what you order here, you may or may not need it.

Since we were here only for the raw octopus, we had our side dishes (banchan) on the grill instead.

We were given diced up cabbage with a mayo sauce and kimchi.

Sannakji was on the menu! Yeah! It looks much better in video format since you can see it squirm. The texture was slimy and yes, the octopus does attach to your tongue, inside of your mouth, and teeth. You just need to chew the octopus several times until you are certain the suction cups aren’t working anymore.

If you have had takowasa before at a Japanese restaurant, it’s like that but not spicy and more alive.

Here is the video above! The octopus is alive! In a sense it is dead, but the nerves are still twitching and squirming.

We were given a mixture of sesame oil, salt and pepper to drip the octopus into. It complimented to raw taste quite nicely.

Here is video proof that I ate it. Its really was fun and tasted good! If you are ever in Korea, give it a try! Have you had Sannakji before?

We Rate Minimani:

199-44, Euljiro2-ga, Jung-gu,, Seoul, South Korea

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Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. Andrea August 14, 2012 at 6:07 am

    That looks pretty nasty…. haha

  2. MedicalGiraffe August 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    wow, there’s something i’ve never seen before – looks fun to eat!

  3. Kimberly Nguyen-Don November 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

    How was it?! That must have been an experience!

    • DesignGirl November 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Scary and tasted like the ocean!

  4. bob May 4, 2013 at 8:23 am

    closed at least I could not find it

  5. Pailin March 26, 2015 at 5:37 am

    What time to they open?

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