You may think it’s crazy to voluntarily eat poisonous fish, but in the case of pufferfish, or “fugu” in Japanese, it’s something the Japanese have been doing for a long time. We understand how the idea of eating a potentially deadly poisonous fish could be off-putting to some, but most Japanese people wouldn’t think twice about going to a restaurant and having pufferfish; in fact most of us would welcome it as a treat, as a full-course fugu meal usually doesn’t come cheap. Well, this time, we have a story from one of the reporters at the Pouch website about an unusual way to have pufferfish, and this is definitely a recipe you won’t be able to recreate at home!
Typically, thinly sliced sashimi or a hot pot (“fugu-nabe“) in which pieces of fugu are cooked in a pot of boiling water with a variety of vegetables, would be some of the standard ways to eat fugu in Japan. In this instance, however, the reporter had the opportunity to mail order a unique dish of fugu ovaries, and she shares her experience with us.
by Arthur Furrowfield