Nakji Bokeum 낙지 붂음 – an invigorating octopus

27 Nov

Among seafood, octopus is one of the best for your stamina. It contains the highest concentration of taurine (34%), which helps calcium decomposition and absorption. Nakji Bokeum 낙지 붂음 is a stir-fried octopus with vegetables, covered in a spicy sauce.

Ingredients:
260g of octopus,
75g of cabbage,
3 onions,
1 carrot,
1 green onion,
a few slices of hot red pepper,
a few slices of hot green pepper,
a pinch of salt,
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper,
1 teaspoon of red hot chili paste,
3 tablespoons of soy sauce,
3 cloves of garlic (minced),
1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder,
1 teaspoon of sugar,
roasted sesame seeds.

Clean the octopus under running water. Cut the legs and head into bite-sized pieces.

Cut cabbage, onions and carrot into strips.

Now prepare the sauce. Mix soy sauce, chili paste, black pepper, salt, garlic, ginger powder and sugar.

In a heated pan, stir fry the vegetables. When they’re soft, add octopus and sauce and cook for about 4 minutes. Be careful while cooking the octopus. If the heat is too high it will burn, if too low it will get soggy. Sprinkle some sesame seeds.

It’s a very spicy dish, so if you’re not used to spiciness, serve it with a bowl of rice.


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