The blowfish (fugu) is not only one of the worlds weirdest looking creatures but it also one of the worlds deadliest cuisines. If prepared incorrectly you may be in store for the paralyzing of your muscles while remaining fully conscious and eventually dieing from asphyxiation. Sound yummy?
So why in the world would anyone eat this stuff?
Why So Popular?
Fugu has been consumed in Japan for centuries and the danger of it being improperly prepared is probably one of its biggest draws.
Japan places strict regulations on which chefs can prepare fugu and sell it to the public. It’s rumored that the best chefs leave just enough poison in the dish to make your lips tingle to let you how close you came to death.
Due to these high standards, ordering fugu is rarely a life threatening decision, with the majority of fugu coming from a variety of blowfish with much lower amounts of deadly poison.
However, if anyone ever offers you fugu liver, turn them down. This is where all the poison is located and it’s highly illegal to sell it in Japan.
What Does it Taste Like
Apparently (I’ve never tasted it), it tastes somewhere between crunchy and chewy, with no doubt a somewhat chikeny flavor. Either way, it’s sure to be an experience with the active poison being 160,000 times stronger than cocaine.
Ways to Eat Fugu
Fugu can be prepared in a variety of ways:
- Fugu-sashi: Thinly sliced raw fugu
- Fugu-chiri: Vegetables and fugu simmered in soup in a large pot.
- Fugu Kara-age: Battered and deep fried
- Fugu Hire-zake: Grilled and put in hot sake
While some sources claim that about 100 people die from eating improperly prepared blow fish every year, it’s highly unlikely that ordering fugu in Japan will put you in any sort of risk today. So go ahead and try it out and let us know how it was in your comments…that is if you survive :P
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