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Fugu is not Salmon

2007-08-23 16:14:58.290413+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Leo was recently back in town, he's been living in Japan, and one of the discussions was about fugu. He hadn't tried it yet, but mentioned that there were several levels of serving fugu, one revolved around actually eating the parts of the liver that weren't toxic (the liver is where the toxins reside).

Then I run across this: Vendors in Thailand have been dyeing fugu red and selling it as salmon, resulting in the deaths of 15 people in the last 3 years.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-23 17:31:44.870131+00 by: ebradway

It's hard to believe that fugu is cheaper than salmon there! I guess if you remove the concern for the lives of the handlers and eaters, fugu's probably pretty cheap!

#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-23 17:40:08.85065+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I don't know, but I'd guess that fugu is also a cultural thing, and Thailand probably doesn't have the same level of ritual around it that Japan does. In Thailand it's probably just a fish you'd throw out.