Japan's Deadly Pufferfish
Last Modified: 23/01/2018
Discover how professional chefs in Japan carefully prepare this poisonous fish at restaurants.
- 1There are about 3,000 restaurants specializing in fugu in Tokyo today.
- 2From the outside, they're usually easy to recognize and they're always highly specialized.
- 3One of them is Rikizo Okamoto's restaurant...
- 4...where sometimes even prime ministers drop by.
- 5Uosei is its name, the pure fish place.
- 6You also need a license to prepare fugu.
- 7The poison in fugu is tetrodotoxin.
- 8It's 1,000 times more potent than cyanide and there is no antidote.
- 9The poison paralyzes its victims but leaves them fully conscious.
- 10Proper preparation is critical: the skin and entrails of the fish are poisonous...
- 11...and they must not contaminate the nontoxic meat on the muscles.
- 12A real fugu meal consists of at least six courses.
- 13This ultimate in gourmet pleasures is mainly enjoyed in Japan...
- 14...when there is something to celebrate.
- 15Nowadays, the chances of being poisoned at a fugu restaurant are practically zero...
- 16...thanks to the high demands placed on the chefs.