Monday 3 September 2012

I do not like it, Sam I am!

Linking up for I Must Confess on unusual food because I've not eaten much in that line, having a strong sense of repugnance, and never being able to get my head across the idea of it...

Would you, could you, on a plane?
Would you, could you, on a train?
Would you, could you, do you dare?
Would you eat Fugu anywhere?

I am off to KL and they have restaurant with a fugu licensed chef. Fugu is the Japanese pufferfish delicacy that can be deadly if not prepared properly. Thus a chef must undergo a rigorous training for three years (eating their own creations - new meaning on a fail! No do over!) in order to get the permit to prepare the Fugu.
I am tempted because I think it would be interesting to feel the mild numbing of the lips (if enough of the poison is present - but not too much to do harm), however I know I'm too much of a hypochondriac not to think I'm dying and ruin the whole experience by freaking out. Intellectually, I know that it's been eaten in Japan for the last 2000 years, and deaths are minimal - but I'm not one to let facts get in the way of a good hysteria (Before I set women back 50 years - please note it is an individual idiosyncratic feature, not a feminine trait).
I also am not the world's biggest fish fan, so if it's in a sauce to make it tasty, then it may as well be Kingfish and cost me half as much.
So like everything when I need help with a rationalization, I did a poll on Facebook. No one said I should, no women said they would, one woman's ex husband had - said the sauces were very nice and that it was extremely expensive - didn't think so much of the fish itself.

So, the question dear readers (dear reader?) is:
Would you eat Fugu?
Have you eaten it?
Do you recommend it as a must do?


  1. Hell no!! Just the thought of it sends me into an anxiety riddled spin.
    There are so many wonderful foods in the world I don't think I need to try one that might kill. As for the numb lips.... wouldn't that feel like eating straight after you have been to the dentist?

  2. Mmmm, I've not had a filling so maybe that's the safe alternative. I'm glad I'm not the only person whose over active imagination (anxiety is such a hard word:) would spoil the 'occasion'...

  3. Hell NO! I would think I was dying if anything remotely changed lol. I experienced numbness in my emergency c-section and I don't need to experience it again.

  4. I was recently watching a ABC3 program with my boys about this fish, and they thought it ridiculous to eat something that could kill you. Why bother?

  5. Now if only all cake and chocolate carried the same risk - possible death - as Fugu I might be very quickly and suddenly cured of my sugar addiction. Shame. No way, I couldn't try it, either. Good call.

  6. Oh you leave such an adventurous life! And yes I would, just to say that I had and for the adrenalin of it! Safe travels x

  7. oh dear....I don't think I could... good luck!

  8. Reminds me of The Simpsons episode where Homer thought he had eaten fugu!!

    No way would I eat it!!

  9. This is a true story. I guy in a town about 200km south of us cooked a fish on a public barbecue that someone else had either cut up or cooked a puffer fish on and he died.
    I swear it's true!

  10. Nope I don't think I could do it. One of the medications that I was on had the side effect of making my mouth and lips numb. It was a horrid feeling and lucky I couldn't eat for 10 minutes afterwards. I don't know if I would pay a huge amount of money for the same sensation...$6 for a prescription was enough lol!