Never mind the fact that 30 minutes before now, it probably could have eviscerated you in less than three seconds flat. Apparently deep fried piranha is delicious. Just be careful with the bones.
For a limited time, Japan’s Nara Kenko Land spa is hosting a “Big Amazon Mysterious Fish Exhibit — because of course it is — during which visitors can sample an arrangement of South American inspired foods, including, yes, a whole deep fried piranha, with its teeth still intact. You know, the sharp pointy things they use to eat people with? Yeah, those.
Japan’s Rocket News reports:
The piranha was fried with sauce but still clearly resembled a whole piranha, ravenous jagged mouth agape. Usagi squeezed a twist of lemon over it with a shaky hand. The fish looked as if it could suddenly reanimate and take its revenge.
Realizing that was silly, Usagi took a breath and got ready to eat. By this time she thought the whole scene was a little too chic to being eating such a vicious predator.
Laughing to herself, she cut into the body. Her knife and fork clattered onto the plate as she suddenly let them slip out of her hands. From within the fish came a foul odor which stopped her in her tracks. Composing herself, our reporter tried to push through and, spearing a morsel of fish with her fork, she tossed it into her mouth… Try to enjoy it as she might, the smell completely overpowered the fish’s taste.”
She then proceeded to ask a waiter how the fish was cooked and whether or not it was popular, to which he or she replied with “fried” and “yes,” though that didn’t do much to calm her sensitive olfactory nerves. Can’t imagine why.
According to travel site International Expeditions, piranha is a fairly common meat which can be found in stews and other entrees throughout the Amazon region. “Honestly, piranha tastes very similar to any other light, flaky, white fish, albeit slightly bony overall,” the site mentions, “But the tender bits of meat are moist and succulent.”
So whether Usagi just got a bad cut of the killer fish or if it’s just supposed to smell like that remains to be seen. Frankly, it’s good enough for me that I don’t accidentally find somebody’s finger inside it. Now that would be scary.
H/T + PicThx Rocket News