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joebloe Jul 4, 2010 11:00 PM

I just ate some sannakji in NYC and they're actually quite good. Are there any place serving this dish here in Boston?

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    another_adam Jul 6, 2010 01:45 PM

    I've never seen it- it's the kind of thing that is really best gotten at a restaurant that basically serves nothing but octopus in various forms, and unfortunately, "one-dish" or "one-flesh" restaurants just don't seem to be the norm in Boston... In fact, I also can't think of any Korean places with a tank- but maybe I'm forgetting about somewhere.

    (I also have to admit, though, that even if I'm OK with snacking on san nakji, I generally find the stew (nakji jeongol) to be an overall tastier reason to head to an octopus place)

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    1. re: another_adam
      Locutus Jul 6, 2010 01:50 PM

      Now that looks very interesting. I would try it. Reminds me of Gagh

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        steinpilz Jul 6, 2010 06:51 PM

        I had a nice talk with someone from Vietnam a few weeks ago downtown and she said that: in Dorchester there are restaurants that specialize in specific meats/fish, and that I should call to ask what their speciality is.

        I have thought of writing a Chowhound thread about this and now may actually do this.

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          joebloe Jul 6, 2010 07:28 PM

          Your friend is probably referring to beef 7-course, fish 7-course, or oven-baked catfish. Other than that they all pretty much carry the same typical pho, noodle soup, udon soup, vermicelli, and rice plates. You'll get better luck in Orange County Calif where there are 300,000+ VNmese and thus a HUGE numbers of specialty Vietnamese restaurants catering to Hanoi, Hue, Saigon, dessert, froyo, FrenchAsian fusion, $2 meal, fake dog, frog, deer, raw coagulated duck blood, goat, etc.

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        trueblu Jul 6, 2010 01:42 PM

        I have to admit I'd never heard of sannakji before, and having googled it, and watched a youtube video...my hat off to you for gastronomic bravery!

        However, most of the reviews I read seemed to agree that the taste itself was rather bland...was your experience dissimilar?


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          joebloe Jul 6, 2010 04:03 PM

          It wasn't as chewy like a rubber band as I imagined it to be; actually totally to the contrary. There was no taste initiallly but the sweetness came out after chewing for 45 seconds. The squirming tentacles attached to everything it touched but the tongue.

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