Dec 28, 2009
Alive And Kickin
One night I got taken out to a very interesting meal in Seoul. Live octopus. You travel around the narrow little streets. There are seafood restaurants every square inch. Outside each restaurant is a fish tank filled with squid and octopus. It's a strange scene. We arrived at our place and we were ushered into the back room. It really wasn't a back room. It was actually outside of the restaurant, a small area wrapped all in clear plastic. It began to rain hard. The sound was loud on the plastic covering. It was straight out of Blade Runner. The waiters bring these large platters. Everything is raw. Oysters, scallops and yes octopus. It is freshly chopped up and all the tentacles are moving wildly. You just dip it in a little ginger sauce and then pop it in your mouth. The little suction cups on the tentacles stick to the roof of your mouth and tongue. It's a bizarre feeling. You have to chew it good before you swallow or it will stick to your throat. It was quite tasty actually. We ate a ton of it. Even I impressed myself. In this drawing I picked all the little items up off the street. The fruit was given to me by neighbors watching me draw.