One of the most expensive and celebrated dishes in Japanese cuisine, fugu’s main ingredient is puffer fish, which contains a poison 1200 times stronger than cyanide. There is no known antidote to Tetrodotoxin, the poison present in its ovaries, liver and eyes. One single fish is said to contain enough harmful toxins to kill 30 adults.
You should be. But the Japanese love it and can’t get enough of it.
The Chinese puffer fish, one of four types of the fish, is the most delicious when it comes to food. Like its fellow puffers, this fish ingests toxin-producing bacteria and uses them as a weapon of defense against predators. Puffer’s popularity and demand in Japanese restaurants is so high that it reportedly landed this fish in the list of critically endangered species.
Fugu is an expensive dish prepared by highly professional, licensed chefs who have been trained in the culinary arts of cooking the poisonous fish without letting the toxins contaminate the meat. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan provides a list of fish organs that can be consumed and it regulates the procedure of cooking the dish.
This fish is not only famous in Japan for its exquisite taste, it is also consumed in several other parts of the world.
I ate fugu. The poisonous puffer fish. It was tasty and I appear to still be alive haha— Derek ??? (@realvicda) November 24, 2014
@askanonpro if you're charging me $1,000 for fish fry, it better be that expensive puffer fish they serve in Japan. The poisonous one ????— CAPSCAPSCAPS (@nnboogie) November 21, 2014
-Get the pufferfish, it's poisonous! -No it ain't. -Yes it is. It produces a toxin. I'm a biologist. That little boy just learned something— Valeria C. (@maarlenec_) November 8, 2014
The puffer fish, no matter how delicious it might be, is easily one of the world’s most dangerous dishes to eat. Not to mention, this poor species might also go extinct sooner than later just because underneath all those toxins is a delicious fish.