Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tako with Grandma

Captain's Log, Stardate 05.26.2009

I grew up eating octopus, also called tako in Japanese, so for any of you grossed out by that, you have to realize that it doesn’t seem strange to me since I’ve eaten it all my life.

We know lots of people who go spear fishing, and we’d often get fresh tako to eat. We don’t eat it raw, it’s always boiled.

Here's grandma cutting the tako into bite sized pieces.

This is a piece of the tako before cutting. I'm not sure what part of the body it is.

Here you can kind of see the tentacles.
Captain Caffeine obligingly took this photo so you can see the suckers.

And here he is eating it. Yum! It's a little chewy but usually pretty soft. It doesn't taste fishy like, well, fish, but tastes a bit like abalone. It also doesn't have that metallic flavor of clams or oysters. The Captain and I both love it.


  1. Grandma's adorable. Does it taste anything like calamari? My dad enjoys octopus every once in a while.

  2. The texture is close to calamari, but the taste is a bit "game-y-er." Not everybody likes it--Captain Caffeine and I grew up eating it, so we're used to it.

  3. Wow...not sure I could handle it. ;-) But I enjoyed the pictures!

  4. Gagging over here. Then again, I gag when hubby eats sushi--what is that he eats? oh yeah, abalone or tuna or something. But hey, to each his own and I really enjoyed the photos.

  5. Aw, Grandma and Captain C are so cute! Are you sure Captain C likes it? He looks like he thinks the thing is about to bite him!

    And hey, I'd go to your grandma's for a Tako tasting. ;)

  6. Ummm, not sure I could handle eating it. Kudos to you and the Capt. though. I heard a funny story once from a grandmother of a friend involving 'tako.'


    P.S. Last week for some reason my computer wouldn't let me on your blog. Were you having some techinical errors or something or was it probably just my computer, lol.

  7. Great photos. I will have to say that I would try it once, because that is the kind of gal I am. :) I don't know if I could ever prepare something like that though. :)