Stuffed blowfish

I came across this interesting stuffed blowfish. Now you can see why it is called “blowfish” or “ballonfish”. Fugu or blowfish usually have this appearance when they are calm, but when they get angry they inflate themselves until they acquire quite a spherical shape. When they inflate themselves they turn into a balloon with spikes, its poison is one of the most dangerous in the world.

Fugu

Blowfish

If you travel to Japan and want to try fugu there are a lot of specialized restaurants that only serve fugu cooked in different ways. To recognize a fugu restaurant is quite easy because they usually have an aquarium plenty of blowfish at the entrance to the restaurant:

Fugu
One of the restaurant waiters fishing a fugu for one of the clients.

1 Comment
  • XSportSeeker

    September 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Fortunately, my taste for food didn’t reach a level where I’m willing to risk my life to taste something new, yet.

    Hopefully, that will never happen, even though I’m willing to try new weird stuff every now and then….

    In Japan, I had horse sashimi, shrimp sashimi (ew), and some live small fish… if I’m not mistaken, the same ones people usually eat dry.

    Interesting experience, but I found nothing as tasty as regular sashimi/sushi.