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Fugu Nabe

02/12/2022

What is Fugu Nabe?

Fugu Nabe is Puffer fish hotpot that is commonly eaten in Japan. Just like a normal Japanese style hotpot, Fugu Nabe has puffer fish in it together with other vegitables. The taste of puffer fish is very subtle but the texture itself is quite unique and a little chewy. Normally, if you go to a restaurant to eat puffer fish, you would order a course of Fugu dish which includes puffer fish sashimi, hotpot, fries, etc.

Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi prefecture has one of the largest amount of puffer fish catch in Japan. Since it is very difficult to travel and go out for dining amid Omicron surge in Japan, we decided to order Fugu dish from one of our favorite restaurants in Yamaguchi called “Kogushiya”.

ふぐをはじめ地元の旬の食材を活かした下関で歴史のある料理屋、古串屋 (kogushiya.jp)

The picture below is Fugu Nabe; however, the picture itself includes the image of snapper and not the picture of puffer fish.. The puffer fish was actually hidden underneath.

There are mainly two different types of Fugu – 1. “Yoshoku” and 2. “Tennen” (pronounce “ten-nen.”). Yoshoku Fugu is farm raised Fugu. Tennen Fugu is wild caught Fugu. Tennen Fugu is much more expensive than Tennen Fugu but the taste of Tennen Fugu is much better than Yoshoku Fugu. We ordered Tennen Fugu this time which was quite expensive but it was totally worth it!

If you want to try Tennen Fugu dish at a restaurant, it would cost at least 8,000-10,000 yen per person. Of course you can try Fugu in Tokyo or any places in Japan but Yamaguchi prefecture can offer fresh and high quality Fugu dish for sure.

Fugu Sashimi

Please look at beautiful Fugu Sashimi on the plate below! This is how you receive Fugu Sashimi plate if you order from Kogushiya (the restaurant mentioned above).

Ehoumaki for Setsubun Festival

Together with Fugu Nabe, I would like to introduce Ehoumaki (kind of Sushi that you eat during Setsubin Festival which is on February 3rd). On the Setsubun day, people prefer to eat Ehoumaki for the luck-welcoming ritual. Setsubun also involves a tradition of throwing dried soy beans which represents welcoming good luck and getting rid of bad luck. Usually, kids enjoy throwing dried soy beans at home. Our Ehoumaki was prepared by my dad who has mastered preparing Ehomaki with his special recipe.

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