Monday, August 12, 2002


The World's Most Deadly Feast?

The Asians are at it again. I'm telling you, ugly things are not supposed to be eaten! This one though.....well, let's just say the Asian folk had to be into the sake pretty good when they thought this one up. They call this exotic dish "FUGU."

Fugu is referred to as blow/globe/puffer fish since it blows its body up. The kanji (Chinese characters) used to write fugu indicates "river pig." In western Japan, fugu is called "fuku," which means "to blow" or "happiness."

River Pig huh? Oh yum!

There is an old expression such that "I want to eat fugu, but I don't want to die" in Japan.

Those Japanese and their expressions....

Since fugu's poison can lead to instantaneous deaths of diners, only licensed cooks are allowed to prepare fugu. You must have special skills and knowledge about fugu to be licensed. Poisonous parts of fugu differ, depending on the kind of fugu. Because of the strict regulations, the number of deaths is decreasing.

Whoooo boy, now there's good news!

Fugu dishes are usually expensive. One meal can cost $100 to $200 per person at a famous restaurant. But there are inexpensive fugu dishes (from $15 to $20) available at some restaurants.

No way José, if I'm going out, I'm going out in style!

It's said that the most poisonous fugu, "Tora-fugu," is the most delicious. Tora-fugu is expensive and can cost over one hundred dollars at a fish market.

Why NATURALLY, who would have thought otherwise?

Nowadays, prepared-fugu are sold at grocery stores and online stores, and fugu are eaten at Japanese homes. Fugu dishes are becoming more common than they used to be.

In China a family is limited to one child to control the population. In Japan......



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