Some lethal local specialty dishes

Update: 20/03/2015
Puffer fish, live octopus, maggot cheese, giant frogs (in (Namibia) ... are some of the unique specialties, but can cause you to lose your life when trying to taste them

Some lethal local specialty dishes



Puffer (in Japan): Those who eat puffer that is not\r\nprocessed properly (removing all parts of liver and ovaries), can die within a\r\nfew hours. To process foods, chefs in Japan have to practice the skill for\r\nthree years. The largest market for Japanese puffer fish is Shimonoseki. Today\r\nyou can buy them in the supermarkets.


Puffer\r\nfish meat that is not processed properly contains tetrodotoxin, may paralyze\r\nmuscles, leading to suffocation. There is no antidote for this, but the victim\r\ncould survive if supported with ventilator until poisons  are dissolved.\r\nIf you survive the first 24 hours after poisoning then the recovery is\r\nprobable.
Sea\r\nCrabs (Latin America): Although cholera was  completely cured, just\r\nremember the rule "cook, boil, peel" when eating seafood. In the\r\nearly 1990s, a group of tourists was exposed to cholera by eating crabs in the\r\nLatin American region. Shrimp, clams, oysters ... can carry the virus\r\ninfection. Cholera can be fatal if the victim loses too much water.

Casu Marzu maggot cheese (Sardinia, Italy): specialty dish\r\nthat is quite hard to swallow is made from sheep's milk and they're quite\r\nsimilar to Gorgonzola cheese. But if you look closer, you will see maggots\r\ncrawling. This type has been banned by the EU, but those who like it claim that\r\nit is quite all right to have it once the maggots  are still alive in the\r\ncheese. In Sardinia  this contraband is still on sale in a sneaky way.\r\nHowever, when you eat this scary specialty, live maggots can nest in the\r\nintestines, causing vomiting, diarrhea and severe gut wrenching  before\r\nthey move out of the anal canal.


Still-wriggling Octopus, Sannakji (Korea): Nakji is a small\r\noctopus served still alive in Japanese restaurants and the fish market\r\nNoryangjin in Seoul. The tentacles are cut and eaten as soon as they are still\r\nstruggling on the disk, or if more courageous, you can eat the whole live\r\noctopus. The problem is that the still-moving suction cups can cause the\r\ntentacle pieces to stick in your mouth or throat, which easily causes\r\nsuffocation. In Korea, every year about 6 people die as a result of eating\r\nlive octopus. . If you are brave enough, you should chew it thoroughly and\r\ndrink plenty of water; avoid eating this dish when you are intoxicated.


Giant Frog (Namibia): It is said that the reason why the\r\nFrench like to eat just frog legs as the rest of the frog (especially the skin\r\nand internal organs) may contain toxic. However, the frog is considered\r\ndelicacies in Namibia. People here believe that eating frog after the mating\r\nseason, the amount of poison was greatly reduced. If unfortunately\r\ningesting this poison, you might get Oshiketakata, a temporary kidney disease;\r\nyou should go to the hospital immediately. In fact, some people died when they\r\nwere not promptly treated.


Ackee nuts (Jamaica): The red and black seeds are very toxic\r\nand can cause death. The yellow inner part is a popular food in Jamaica. If\r\ningesting the red and black  parts of the nut, you will vomit, convulse\r\nand even die  as blood sugar level plummets.


The yellow part is used to make Jamaican specialties - Ackee\r\nnut and braised fish.


Silver stripe Blaasop fish (the Mediterranean countries):\r\nMany fishermen have died from eating this kind of fish. Toxins in the liver and\r\nreproductive organs can cause paralysis, difficulty breathing and even death.

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Translated into English by Huynh Thi Tuyet Ngoc.

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