So, I open the LA Times Entertainment section last night and read an article about "Extreme Dining" which is where people go out to eat sea-animals that are still alive. The animals are kept alive in a tank in the middle of the restaurant. The author went to Ma San, a Korean restaurant in LA, and sampled a Korean dish called san-nag-jik, which is live baby octopus which is eaten while the tentacles are still moving, just after removing its head. This is described in the article as a legitimate Korean meal that is often eaten in Seoul or Pusan. You can supposedly see a clip of the author eating this at latimes.com/extremedining. I did not want to click this link.
I think this should be outlawed (yes I am one of those annoying vegetarian bleeding-hearts-for-animals persons.) I don't understand why this is legal? It seems so heartless. Has any poster here tried extreme dining? Is there anyone here of Korean descent who might perhaps explain this a bit? What is the thrill, exactly? Also please don't feel I am trying to form a bias towards this culture, there is tons of stuff that goes down in my culture that I am not cool with, so I understand.