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29 April 2006 @ 02:54 am
The world's most deadly feast~!  
Tonight, I went with Greg, Kui, some other friends and his family to eat Fugu!! I've never had Fugu before, and I've wanted to try it for the longest time!!

It's said that Fugu (aka "blowfish"... remember it, Charlie's Angels fans? aka "pufferfish") is a delicacy that can kill you. The Fugu contains deadly poison in it's flesh that has been known to kill many a people instantaneously.. yes, while sitting at the table! So of course, as humans, we rise to the challenge and eat more of it! We must not lose to our food, ne? ^_-☆ 勝のは人間!☆☆

Because of it's deadly nature, Fugu can only be prepared and served by licensed chefs. Which is actually kind of scary, but because of all of the regulations nowadays, there are very few Fugu-related deaths. (yay?)

We went to this great restaurant in Gotanda called 玄品ふぐ. (Is it said "genpin fugu"? LOL it's a funny play on words then) Since it was a party of 9, we had a room reserved for just us, and it was a really fun time! It was my first time having Fugu!

Let's eat and not die! ^o^

We started with this Fugu-appetizer-salad thing! It was good!! Also my first taste of the Fugu-sauce they used, called ponzu. Ponzu is kind of like a dipping sauce made from soy sauce and yuzu (A yuzu is kind of a cross between an orange and a lemon).  (Hey, there was just a tiny earthquake as I typed this! ^o^)

And then... my favorite until dessert... Fugu-shimi!!! Mmm I love sashimi!! =^__^= Though I wasn't too fond of the yuzu-sauce. ^^;

Oh-ho~! This is called Fugu hire-zake. It's flaming (they char it at the table!!) fugu in warm sake. Yeah, it's kind of as gross as it looks. Mmm, fishy sake? As some people well know, my tolerance for warm sake isn't very high... ^^;;; (at least not while hiking! O.O;;) In this case, you are not supposed to eat the fugu (I found it's EYE though! ^^;;)

Apparently it's the same kind of saying in french as in english, "You can't hold your liquor".... LOL me? Do you think so? XD;; I rarely drink so that's probably why? XD;;; Ah there are stories!

Flaming hire-zake... Okay, you can't see the flame, gomen. I took a better pic with my ketai that I'll post later. ^^

Mmmmmm, this was win! I don't eat a lot of nabe, because it's too bland for me (I prefer spicy foods), but every once in a while it's nice to have.  I don't know what it's called (Fugu-nabe?), but it was REALLY cool, because it was cooked in a wicker basket lined with paper! No, seriously... paper! Wicker basket! Whoa..... that's some strong paper there! It was really cool!! I kept expecting it to shrivel or something... but it didnt. =^__^= The fugu in there was nice and tender!

Here is what the fugu looked like before cooking, and the veggies. =^__^= For those that don't know, Nabe is basically kind of like a self-cooked stew. Sort of. XD;; Water is heated up in a pot of some form (or a wicker basket in this case), and you get the ingredients delivered to you raw. Then you cook them yourself at the table. (Yes... strange how a lot of dishes have you cook it yourself in Japan! A big difference from America ne? But I find it really fun ^^)

This is some kind of delicious soup that was made with what was left-over from the nabe! It was mainly rice, eggs, spices, onions, and leftover fish-juice! XD;; It may sound gross, but it was really good! (If too bland for me)

Oishikatta ☆ Actually, there was also fried fugu (DELICIOUS!) and yuzu ice cream (OMG YUM!), but I forgot to take pictures of them. I think I was too caught up in the experience. ^^;

And just to see some people.... here are Greg's brother and Greg ^^

And Kui and I! (I look tired ^^;;) There were more people at the other table, but I didn't get any good photos.. ^^;

It was a really, really good experience!

So... I've had Fugu and survived! Yay, no dying for me! =^______^= Next I want to eat whale!! And I need to go to get some Thai food in again soon, of course~☆ タイ料理が一番大好き!☆☆☆
Momokoxelloss_poo on April 28th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
It sounds interesting. I probably wouldn't be able to eat it (it being fish and all), but it looks interesting.
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 29th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
I'd heard the same, but my mouth didn't go numb at all. (too bad!)
超ちゃ人: すし が 好き だぞ。chochajin on April 28th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
UGH I don´t think I could eat THAT O___O moreover I would be too afraid !!! Hontoni >_>;;;

Haha XD on that photo you look like "Yay I´ve survived it, but barely ._. I won´t eat that again !" ^-^
But it´s good to make such an experience I guess ! ^-^V
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 29th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)

I actually really enjoyed it! ^_^ I would eat it again, for sure! Cheating death with food is a fun way to pass the time! =^__^=
Chiakichiaki777 on April 28th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
ponzu is a dressing and soysauce/vinegar mixture not limited to fugu.

I want puffer fish.
slytherinblackslytherinblack on April 28th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
See, I'm more on the side of not eating anything that can potentially kill me. But more power to you.
Msakuraevolution on April 28th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
...the guy in the black and gold shirt (greg's brother?) and kui are cute!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 29th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
In the black and gold shirt is Greg. ^__^ The one in the checkered shirt is his brother. ^^
Mewgokumew2 on April 28th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
Quite glad you survived. X.D I remember there was this one place I walked by that had a tank of fugu on display in the front.

Anyway, that meal must've been expensive. .o_o
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 29th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
Fugu was actually really bland and didn't have a lot of taste, like most gourmet foods. ^^; It was good, but I definitely prefer more flavor.
ひかり~ちゃんhikarichang on April 28th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
waiiiiii awesome imagessss xDDD it looks yum!
your friend kui reminds me of kotani o__O or maybe it's the hair x33 yaaay;;
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 29th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
Conned? (;_;) You mean that you wouldn't try it just for the sake of trying it?
Frannie: getty ~wtf101frannie on April 28th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
I finally realized that Greg looks like my ex boss Mr. Morse who was evil and I'd love to punch Morse in the face as it'd make me feel rrreeeeeaalll good and I think if I ever met this Greg I would be thinking like "MrMorseMrMorseMrMorse *PUNCH* I HATE YOU MR MORSE YOU MADE ME WORK WHEN I WAS IN PAIN UDIENOW" and that'd be weird.

//really really really random comment
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 29th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
ROFLOL! Omg girl, you're so mean! XD;;
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バクshuyuki on April 28th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
Sounds delicous! *_*
-stringalchemist on April 28th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)

I want to try Fugu now :3

C L O V E R: yanagi : ya na giidyllica on April 29th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
I don't like fish a lot but it sounds tempting though. ♥
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 29th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
Of course! ^___^ Definitely!!!