Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I ATE IT AND I SURVIVED ~ Fugu Course Meal @ Yuzu, The Gardens

Fugu Course Meal? to eat? I was in dilemma last Friday. I saw in the newspaper that Yuzu at The Gardens is offering Fugu Course Meal for the month of November. The meal which costs RM150++ for 2 pax includes Soft Shell Crab Salad, Sashimi, Deep-fried Fugu, Fugu Hotpot and lastly, Fugu Porridge. Such a good deal right? First of all, I am not a big fan of fish, but for exotic fish like this, it's a must try for me. The temptation is too great to resist but then I was also very worried about eating such poisonous fish, which according to the Wikipedia, there is currently no antidote. Yes, I actually went into Wikipedia to learn more about the toxicity of this fish.

Anyway, I extracted some background information of fugu which will further explains why I was so terrified.

Extracted from Wikipedia:
Fugu (河豚 ) is the Japanese word for pufferfish and is also a Japanese dish prepared from the meat of pufferfish or porcupinefish. Because pufferfish is lethally poisonous if prepared incorrectly, fugu has become one of the most celebrated and notorious dishes in Japanese cuisine. Pufferfish contains lethal amounts of the poison tetrodotoxin in the internal organs, especially the liver and ovaries, and also the skin. Therefore, only specially licensed chefs are allowed to prepare and sell fugu to the public, and the consumption of the liver and ovaries is forbidden. However, a number of people die every year from consuming improperly prepared fugu. The poison, a sodium channel blocker, paralyzes the muscles while the victim stays fully conscious, and eventually dies from asphyxiation. There is currently no antidote and the standard medical approach is to try to support the respiratory and circulatory system until the effect of the poison wears off. Non-lethal quantities of the poison remain in the flesh of the fish and give a special desired tingling sensation on the tongue.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia: Pufferfish, so cute looking fella isn't it? Who could have thought it is actually poisonous?

I guess the gluttonness took over me, I picked up the phone and made a dinner reservation. The person who answered the phone was laughing at me when I asked "You sure it's safe to eat"? Again I asked the same question to the waitress when I was seated. Anyway, I guess they should be more worried than I am, right?

After reading Boolicious post on Yuzu, I was expecting slow service as she waited for an hour for her food to be served. But I was surprised as within few minutes, our Soft Shell Crab salad was served. The salad dressing was good. It tasted like balsamic vinegar with wasabi, so each mouthful was sour and spicy....really appetizing to the palate. However, the two small pieces of soft shell crabs were miserably tiny. Very succulent, how I wish they could give at least half portion of a soft shell crab instead.

I was shocked when the Sashimi was served. I always watched on TV on how Fugu is thinly sliced and arranged like a flower on a nice colourful plate. But what came was Salmon Sashimi served on big glass of ice cubes. My mistake, cos when I referred back to the advertisement, it didn't state Fugu sashimi. No complain though cos the salmon sashimi was so fresh and of good quality. We totally enjoyed it....oishi oishi!

The star dish of the night finally made its first appearance, wearing a coat which is deep-fried-golden-brown in colour, accompanied by its' partner, MsLadies Finger. It doesn't look very impressive till I put it inside my mouth.

The outer layer was crispy and not oily at all while the fugu was cooked to perfection. The texture is much more tougher as compared to normal fish. It was almost like eating scallop. Sweet and juicy.

After the wonderful starters, the ingredients for the Fugu Hotpot was served on a huge bowl which consist of Fugu meat, head, liver and skin (aikss...didn't wikipedia said skin is toxic?), silky smooth beancurd, enoki mushrooms, Japanese leek, Garland Crysanthemum (Tung Ho), Shitake Mushrooms, Glass Noodle, Carrots and Chinese Cabbage. Got to compliment that the ingredients were really fresh and more than enough for 2 person.

We allowed the waitress to do it for us since we wouldn't want to overcook the Fugu. First of all, the broth was heated using the electric steamboat.

Once boiled, everything was dumped into the broth.

Tada.....after a few minutes of constant stirring, a hot bowl of fugu with condiments was served. Fugu cooked this way somehow tasted totally different from the deep-fried version. The boiled version tasted just like normal fish, hence nothing to shout about. But what I loved most was the wonderful broth. It was so clear yet full of flavour; sweet and tasty. Apart from the fish, I still enjoyed the hotpot very much. I felt much healtier too cos I seldom have so much veggie in my meals.
Once we have finished off with the hotpot, the waitress put in a bowl of white rice and a raw egg into the broth.

Once cooked, she put in some seaweed and spring onions as garnishing. Again, this doesn't look like the version I saw on TV. It was basically eating rice with broth!!! I like my porridge smooth and mushy, sigh, so this was a big big disappointment for me. Anyway I was already full so I didn't quite mind the porridge being wasted.

Still not satisfied as I find this is not a proper Fugu meal, at least not the same I saw on TV. But for RM150 with 10% discount for 2 pax, I guess I shouldn't complain. Anyway, sweet Hubby promised me the real thing when we visit Japan (wonder when?). In the meantime, this will be enough to satisfy my curiousity.

I tried Fugu and am still breathing and survived the fish, so if you are as curious as I am, do try it as they only have it for the month of November.

Yuzu Japanese Restaurant is located at:
3rd Floor, The Gardens
Mid Valley City, near to Isetan
Tel: 03-2284.7663 or 2284.7763


wmw said...

Precious Pea : Thank goodness you survived. Now that you have tasted it, don't do it again! Life is indeed precious...don't endanger your life like that my sista!

阿单逆思 said...


One Fugu liver is capable to kill dozen of adult, even Fugu Chef can not clear all the poison in liver, they sometime just prepare a small portial of 3mm dip in sake, and this is not commently served in Japan.

Comparing to the liver at ur steamboat, if it is real poison fugu,it may kill a cow or even a dinosour!!

I suspect the "fugu" meat you eat, is type of the man raise fugu, it have no poison at all. And I dun think they have a fugu chef there.

But the fun of surviving is still there, great to know u still alive and eating :P

ai wei said...

fuge the blowfish looks cute isn't it? nice to have fugu meal e. the meat looks juicy... ah... *drooling*

dun worry, i am sure they clear them poisonour part out nicely. they are safe to be eaten.

ling239 said...

hmm... heard lots abt this, but have yet to try, maybe i should wait for other options ?

tigerfish said...

Oishi nei! But I think I will give Fugu a pass:p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hmm haha u r alive! i heard that whoever prepares the fugu has to eat a piece before it is served..therefore ensuring u r still alive..haha..not the chef i suppose..but it sure sounds abit dodgy!..will need to read the newspaper for fugu poisoning cases..

MeiyeN said...

you tried da fish already?!!! wow... i saw da promotion they are having from da star too! i thought fubu is a dangerous species.. still thinking wanna try or not.. :p

Precious Pea said...

wmw: Hehehe...will listen to you...maybe one last try in Tokyo...the real McCoy!

阿单逆思: Thanks for the info. Hmm..but i also heard that Malaysia only allows de-poisoned fugu to enter the country. Dunno how true it is. But whether it is handled properly or not, the risk is still there.

aiwei: cute! Hmm, i wonder if i can keep it as a pet or not.

ling239: If you ask me, go try the real thing in Japan. ;)

tigerfish: Oishi Oishi, great experience too!

NJoe: I never heard about that though...but it takes a while for the poison to take effect isn't it? Hahahaha..pity the tester.

meiyen: Yep, dat's the one. I saw it in the Star and you get 10% off too with that advertisement.

Big Boys Oven said...

looks very interesting fugu!

wenching & esiong said...

First time I've heard of fugu served in Malaysia. Can't wait to try it out!

Kelly Mahoney said...

Congratulations! I just read that illegal pufferfish is becoming a real problem in the U.S. because people want to try it to talk a walk on the wild side but don't want to pay the price it takes to get good-quality fish.

Xiu Long Bao said...

My fren told me that she felt so disappointed after trying Fugu, other sashimis taste so much bttr than this poisonous fish.

daphne said...

i heard abt this before! Well, I think the meal itself looks pretty good even with or without fugu. =)

mama bok said...

Wow..! yer very brave..!!

~Christine~Leng said...

I wouldn't consider having a poisonous fish!! haha.
well, guess they won't serve food that could harm customers after all ;P
I shouldn't worry too much! LoL

Live2Talk said...

u shd go to Japan to try it again :D

Precious Pea said...

bbo: Eat at own risk! Hehehe!

wenching & esiong: Cool! Can't wait to see your review on Fugu.

kelly: Thanks for visiting my blog. :) Gosh! Illegal pufferfish? Any fatality so far?

xiu long bao: I heard the taste and texture much different than other fishes. But then, still want to try to satisfy my curiousity. Guess no choice...have to travel to Japan. ;) (fingers crossed)

daphne: Hehehe...actually am not a fan of fish..but this meal not too bad. Love no complain.

mamabok: Hahahaha..actually am very scare but then I also very glutton.

live2talk: I though so too ;)

Precious Pea said...

Christine: Exactly. I don't think they will risk their business being sued.

jason said...

Haha... maybe you should really go to Japan for the real Fugu meal.


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