"Come on, pal. Fugu me!"

Fugu is the Japanese word for pufferfish and the dish prepared from it. These cute and spiny fish can be lethally poisonous due to the tetrodotoxin in its internal organs, so it must be carefully prepared to remove the toxic parts and do so without contaminating the meat.

"The restaurant preparation of fugu is strictly controlled by law in Japan and several other countries, and only chefs who have qualified through rigorous training are allowed to deal with the fish. Domestic preparation occasionally leads to accidental death."

Homer Simpson had a close-call when he tried Fugu on the “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" episode of The Simpsons. Travel blogger A Modern Girl wrote about the first time she tried this potentially deadly delicacy. Here’s an excerpt from her account:

"People say that fugu is rather tasteless, but I actually disagree—I thought that the sashimi had a very delicate but distinct flavor. Instead of being overtly fishy, it was quite subtle. I thought it was quite nice, actually. They also say that you can sometimes feel your mouth tingling as a result of slight traces of poison, but we didn’t experience any of that. Instead, it was just a nice sashimi experience."

Of course, if you’d rather not take the risk, you can always try some of our delicious Fugu Mints instead.

[via A Modern Girl and Wikipedia]