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Old 07-29-2005, 05:16 PM   #7111
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Does anyone feel brave enough to try some Fugu I have prepared under the instruction of my Sushi Master Chef?

Fugu - Blow Fish

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The World's Most Deadly Feast?

Fugu (blow fish) is a fish which contains deadly poison in the organs. Despite the risk, fugu dishes remain as special feasts in Japan. Even the milt is considered as a great delicacy. 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." It's reported that about 40 kinds of blow fish are caught and cultured in Japan and that 10000 tons of blow fish are consumed each year. Shimonoseki-city in Yamaguchi, is known as fugu city and supplies a large amount of fugu.


There is an old expression such that "I want to eat fugu, but I don't want to die" in Japan. 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. 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. 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. 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. Winter is the best season to eat fugu.
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Old 07-29-2005, 05:49 PM   #7112
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hi, guys. i have company so i was just checking in and then i have to go spend some time with them.
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Old 07-29-2005, 05:49 PM   #7113
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uh, thanks bang but i'll pass.....
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Old 07-29-2005, 05:51 PM   #7114
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yeah bang sorry but i think i'll pass too.
don't like fish to begin with
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Old 07-29-2005, 05:54 PM   #7115
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:08 PM   #7116
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Feed me some, Bang! I'm up for it.
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:13 PM   #7117
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I knew you would be up to it. Coming up in 5 minutes. Would you like some Sake with that?
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:17 PM   #7118
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Deadly Sushi will NOT try some.
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Old 07-29-2005, 07:25 PM   #7119
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I knew you would be up to it. Coming up in 5 minutes. Would you like some Sake with that?
Sorry...I got stuck with a million customer e-mails. No sake, thanks. I don't drink. How about just some green tea with citron?
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Old 07-29-2005, 07:30 PM   #7120
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Ok.....here you go....I will have some Fugu with you.
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