Japanese Fugu: From a Toxic Fish to an Exquise Delicacy

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  • Want to take the risk of eating the Japanese fugu? This is one of the Top 10 Most Risky Meals to have. Fugu is a Japanese word for pufferfish. A fugu contains tetrodotoxin which makes it literally poisonous!

    How are Fugu Prepared?

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    Because of the risks involved in eating fugu, strict rules have been implemented in Japan when it comes to food preparation. Chefs should undergo a rigorous training for three years or more to master fugu cooking. Without proper training, cooking fugu by yourself can cause accidental deaths. This food preparation takes a long time. It also explains why the price of eating this dish in specialized Fugu restaurants is very expensive. A dish of fugu can cost you around 2,000-5,000 yen. On the other hand, a full-course fugu meal of 8 servings can cost you 10,000-20,000 yen!

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    Sashimi

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    Sashimi is the most popular way of preparing fugu. Knives used in slicing are very thin. Some say it’s a little bit chewy and tastes blunt.

    Milt

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    Milt is the soft internal egg mass in fugu ovaries. It is very important and is highly priced. It is also called Shirako in Japanese.

    Fried

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    If you love deep-fried foods, then you may want to try a deep fried fugu. Looks like chicken! This is actually tastier for Westerners as it is similar to a lean white meat being fried.

    Baked

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    This food preparation involves completely drying the fins of the fish. It is served as a dish known as Hire-zake wherein a hot sake is also being served together.

    Stew

    Known as Fugu-chiri, fugu can be simmered together with some vegetables. It makes the taste very light.

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    Salad

    For the salad-lovers out there, there’s a fugu salad. It is only fugu’s skin that is eaten in a salad called yubiki.

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