Blowfish, known as fugu in Japan, is one of the most famous “unusual” foods to eat in Japan. Everybody has heard of this infamous spiky fish that blow itself up like a balloon in case of danger. The reason it’s so well-known is the fact that this fish is poisonous. It’s not just dangerous, it can kill a man. Luckily only a small part of the fish is inedible. The rest can be eaten, as long as the fish is handled correctly.
Fugu is a very expensive thing to eat, as it needs a trained professional to prepare. I didn’t want to spend too much money on a whole meal, so when I came across some blowfish at the market in Kyoto, I thought it would be safe to try. The salesman heated up the two fillets of fish and poured some sauce over it. It tasted like any other white fish to me. I guess the main reason for people to eat this fish is not the taste, but the danger.
To be honest, I kind of doubt that this was actually blowfish. I feel like the fillets would have been bigger. Also I thought it would have been more expensive. Anyway at the time of eating I was convinced it was indeed blowfish, so the fear factor still holds.
Fear Factor – 3 / Taste Test – 6