Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Try-if-you-dare Foods

Last evening, I took the elevator to the fifth floor of Cititel MidValley Hotel to attend the MidValley Toastmasters meeting. I was there at the invitation of Penny Choo (who delivered her maiden speech) as well as Moses Wong, Vice-President Education. It was a good meeting overall and I enjoyed it. Yup, I was again volunteered to do impromptu speaking and yet again, I was voted the Best Table Topics Speaker. This is becoming too frequent an occurrence that I am a wee bit embarrassed. I would award an 8 out of a 10 for this meeting – simply because I had an enjoyable time!

I stumbled upon this interesting AsiaOne food article “10 try-if-you-dare foods from around the world” (Webpage http://www.relax.com.sg/relax/media/803962/10_try_if_you_dare_foods_around_the_world.html, accessed November 08, 2011) and I thought that since Malaysians are food lovers, this should be very informative. Anyway, I was intrigued by three of the highlighted foods, which are described below:

Oysters, widely available: Raw oysters rank high on the list of riskiest foods regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for their outbreak-causing potential. The two pathogens are Norovirus (which can cause gastroenteritis) and Vibrio (a bacterium related to cholera) can cause fever, septic shock and blistering skin lesions.

Fugu Sashimi, Japan: The dish, also known as pufferfish, is served in Japanese restaurants as a delicacy. Its liver and internal organs contain deadly amounts of poison, for which these is no known antidote. To do a good fugu, chefs will attempt to leave just the right amount of poison to leave a tingling sensation in the diner's tongue. Many tourists are keen to try this dish for the experience likened to the exhilaration of conquering Mount Fuji, but the risk is that you may be poisoned.

Sannakji, Korea: This raw baby octopus dish is chopped up into bite-sized bits and drizzled with sesame oil and seeds. When it is plated up, you'll find the live tentacles still moving. The suction cups of the tentacles present a choking hazard when they get stuck to the column of your throat. The trick to survive this dish is to make sure you chew it up entirely before swallowing - and do not eat it when your mouth is full.

So if you are adventurous about food – please go ahead and enjoy! It’s just that you do need to be aware of the “risks” too.

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