Yes! Fugu (pufferfish or blowfish) and this time I get to try it in Tokyo, Japan. My first experience was at Fugu Fine Fugu Kaiseki Restaurant in Singapore. Torafugu Tei is a chain of restaurant specializes in fugu dishes in Japan. We were attracted to the restaurant because of the live puffer fish tank displayed. And finally we decided to go for it on the last night in Tokyo (if I remembered correctly).
Since they only offer fugu dishes, the menu is very simplified with few options of set meals. We decided to go for Fresh Tiger Blowfish Course (Oyogi-Tora-Fugu Course) – 6,480yen (6,998 yen including tax). As compared with Singapore pricing, this course is much more affordable!
The course includes sashimi of parboiled skin, fresh blowfish and vegetables cooked in a pot at the table, fresh blowfish sashimi, deep-dried blowfish, rice porridge, pickles and dessert.
Kawa-sashi or known as the fugu skin sashimi served with green onions and ponzu. It has the jelly-like texture with no taste. The green onions give a nice crunch and yuzu shoyu to add on the overall taste.
Oyogi-Tessa – translucent sliced fugu sashimi.
Next, Tora-Fugu Karaage (Deep-fried Fugu) which looks like KFC chicken at the first sight. I personally love it. Crispy and juicy taste and I can’t taste the greasiness at all.
Hotpot served with fugu meat and vegetables before we add in the rice porridge.
Fugu Shime – rice porridge served with egg, seaweed and the remaining of the fishes. Simply satisfying and filling meal.
Lastly, dessert is served to wrap up the meal course.
While some said having fugu is similar to dining with the death, I would say it is quite an experience. However, most of the fugu served is toxin-free as it is farmed. I would say you should give it a try if you are in Japan partly because it is cheaper and taste fresh and delicious. And personally I felt that the delicacies of the fish is also depends on the seasoning used to prepare. Each dishes has its own merits. Give a try when you are here!
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