Geoff Mackay’s Food of the Day – Fugu

by Geoff Mackay on September 23, 2010

Geoff Mackay’s Food of the Day – Fugu

Fugu

Fugu

Most of the foods in the world I post are weird and off putting but one delicacy that people eat can actually kill you.

Fugu or blowfish is a Japanese delicacy that can kill you and Japanese have eaten fugu for centuries.

It can be lethally poisonous if prepared incorrectly. Fugu has become one of the most celebrated and notorious dishes in Japanese cuisine.

Fugu contains lethal amounts of the poison tetrodotoxin in the organs, especially the liver and ovaries and the skin. The poison paralyzes the muscles while the victim stays fully conscious, eventually dying from asphyxiation. There is no known antidote once fugu poisoning occurs

Preparations

Sashimi—fugu sashimi is the most popular and is thinly sliced. These plates are often decorated in the form of a chrysanthemum flower, which is significant in Japanese culture and symbolic of death.

Fugu no ShirakoMilt—The soft roe (Shirako) of the blowfish is a highly prized food item in Japan

Fried—Fugu can be eaten deep fried as Fugu Kara-age. The fins of the fish are also fried and served in hot sake, a dish called Hire-zake.

Fugu Sashimi

Fugu Sashimi

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