In Japan, Dancing Squid is a Dish you don`t want to miss.
The squid in the Japanese dish “katsu ika odori don” aren’t alive, but with a little soy sauce they spring into action.
Odorigui (踊り食い, literally “dancing eating”) is a mode of seafood consumption in Japanese cuisine.
Odorigui refers to the consumption of live seafood while it is still moving, or the consumption of moving animal parts.Animals usually consumed in odorigui style include octopus, squids, ice gobies, and other similar animals.
Dancing squid is a special dish from Hokkaido. Boasting of rich marine and also milk products, this region has numerous restaurants which serve this dish on guests’ tables. For around 1,800 yen you can get rice with abundant salmon fish egg and dancing squid on top.
Fresh decapitated squid is served in the bowl. However, after contact with soy sauce, the squid’s tentacles then move erratically, giving an impression that it is still alive.
Truthfully, the squid has already died. Its reaction to the soy sauce may be caused by the sensory nerves on its tentacles. Since ATP (chemical substance that causes energy) still exist inside the tentacles, when stimulation in the form of salt is given, the tentacles will move automatically in response.