Dancing Squid: odori-don makes for a lively meal
Dancing squid, or Odori-don (one name used for this dish) is more a marketing gimmick than anything else, but it sure does look cool!
The squid is prepared live. They cut the mantle, basically incapacitating or killing the squid, but the nerve endings are still intact. The addition of the sodium in the soy based sauce “re-animates” the squid, making it dance. After its dancing debut on your plate, the squid is then returned to the kitchen and prepared, either served raw or cooked. Alive, but dead… kind of sounds like a zombie.
Dancing seafood is nothing new… try drunken shrimp. At least they get booze…