The Fugu Experience

Fugu is not really easily bought from supermarket or ordered in a restaurant and it’s not cheap too.

Fugu is best eaten during winter so T and I asked around where to try or eat the best Fugu in Japan. If in Osaka, we were told that Kuromon Market, would be the best place to try it. If we are willing to travel then Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Unfortunately we both decided to ignore it and joined a Fugu eating tour to Takamatsu Ctiy , Kagawa Prefecture Japan. It was a 90 minutes, eat all you can Fugu Karaage (Fried Fugu), Fugu Sushi, Fugu Sashimi, Fugu Nabe, and Fugu Chawanmushi.  It was good but not really something worth waking up so early in the morning and traveling 4 hours.

Fugu Sashimi
Fugu Sashimi

Fugu Tempura
Fugu Karaage

Fugu Sushi
Fugu Sushi

After our winter break, we both decided to listen to some of the recommendations and went to Kuromon Market. We though that there will be many restaurant serving Fugu dishes but we only found 3 decent ones. There were several stalls selling raw , clean Fugu fish for Nabe.

We decided to try Hamatou(浜藤), which according to the lady has been there serving Fugu for more than 35 years. We decided to try the Tecchiri Course Meal (てっちり) and it was very delish


The Appetizer. Very very good. If I am not mistaken, this is the liver part.

Fugu Skin in Ponzo Sauce
Tecchiri or Boiled Fugu (Skin) in Ponzo Sauce.

Fugu Sashimi @ Kurumon Market Osaka
Fugu Sashimi. You can clearly differentiate the quality of the Sashimi.

We also got some Fugu karaage, Nabe with lots of fresh vegetables and after we finished the Nabe, they put some rice and eggs on it and turn it into a very tasty porridge.

T also tried some of their original sake
Hira-zake. A sake poured over roasted Fugu Fins. It smelled really weird and T tried to take a small bite of the roasted fin and he said it was awful. So if try it just enjoy the Sake but don’t take a bite of the roasted fin, or you can try but don’t say I did not warn you 🙂

Shirako-zake. Sake mixed with Shirako (Fish milt or fish roe). The smell was not so bad and it tasted more like ChawanMushi.

The best part of the day is that we were not rushed. We enjoyed every bite without the pressure of time. We were the only in that very nice Japanese style room. There was another family but on a separate room. Most of the customer were on the first floor.
We started our lunch around 1 Pm and we came out a little bit past 3 pm. I think that was the longest lunch I had so far.

It was definitely a great experience and I have T to thank for all of it.

If you ever get to Osaka and want to try Fugu Dishes, head to Kuromon Market specifically Hamitou Restaurant. I’m sure you will have a great dining experience.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. dragonlife says:

    Excellent report! Beautiful pictures! I know that many friends will find it useful!

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you very much for that generous compliment. I hope it will help those who are looking for a good Fugu experience 🙂

  2. I love how you documented all the different places that you went to try fugu. I’ve always thought that it would be hard to find fugu since it’s so hard to prepare properly. I can’t bring myself to eat sashimi, but these dishes look so good!

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you. We had some good recommendations from friends and colleague. The fugu sashimi is very subtle , a really good ponzo will bring out the taste. My fave would be the karaage(fried) , really good. I hope you will give it a try 🙂

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