The Notorious Delight Called Fugu


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In Endless Summer’s  “Top 6 Exotic Foods You Must Try Once in Your LifeEs Guest introduces fugu, a fish dish from Japan. It is probably one of the most exotic fish dishes ever to grace any dining table. Guest says, “Fugu is equally famous as Kobe beef, but not for the same reason. This fish has a deadly reputation: When not prepared properly, it can kill the one who eats it in seconds. Fugu fish contains poisonous tetrodotoxin in its organs and has to be sliced in a very precise way. But apparently, the risk is worth taking, for the fish’s flesh is indescribably delicious…”

The Delicate Process Involved in Preparing Fugu

Fugu is the Japanese term for a dish prepared made from pufferfish or blowfish, which comes from Takifugu, Lagocephalus, or Sphoeroides. Fugu is served as sashimi or chirinabe, a one-pot dish consisting of fish and vegetables. Preparing fugu is a delicate process strictly controlled by the government. Rigid three-year training is required for chefs to qualify as fugu preparers, because errors in the procedure can lead to accidental death. [Read more…]

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