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fugu

(fo͞o′go͞o)
n.
Any of various pufferfishes that are used as food, especially in Japan, after the poisonous skin and organs have been removed.

pufferfish

A fish that inflates itself into a balloon-like shape as a defence mechanism. Raw pufferfish is a delicacy in Japan, where an estimated 10,000 tons are consumed/year. Some fugu parts—intestine, liver, ovaries, skin—have a high concentration of tetrodotoxin, a selective sodium channel blocker that blocks the neuromuscular junction, causing numbness, motor weakness, ataxia, respiratory paralysis, coma and death.
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law prohibits importation except to a small number of Japanese restaurants that have blowfish chefs certified by the Japanese Torafugu Buyers' Association, and even then, "only on special occasions" pursuant to a 1989 bilateral agreement.
Every year, the Fisherman's Cooperative there offers fine torafugu to the Imperial Palace on February 9--Fugu Day.
Fresh torafugu is the major species imported from South Korea, China, and North Korea.
Contact the TBAA for more information at: Torafugu Buyers Association Inc.
To serve: Wrap 1/8-inch thick torafugu slices around julienned
For the torafugu karaage: In bowl, whisk together ginger, sake, soy
For the tempura: 1/2 gallon canola oil 2 ounces rice flour 4 ounces pastry flour 1 1/2: ounces cornstarch 1/2 ounce baking powder 1 cup soda water 2 pieces ginseng cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices 4 scallions, bottom 2 inches only, sliced thinly lengthwise, root left intact 12 shungiku leaves * 1 carrot, peeled and cut into decorative shapes 4 shishito **, stemmed 1 12-ounce torafugu fillet, cut into 2-x-1-x-1/2-inch pieces Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste For the katsuo dashi broth: 1/2 ounce kombu 1 gallon wafer 2 ounces bonito flakes For the dipping sauce: 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup mirin 1 cup katsuo dashi broth, from above * chrysanthemum leaves, available in Asian markers ** Japanese green chill, available in Asian markets