|Fugu AKA blowfish. Potentially fatal if eaten without being properly prepared.|
Okay so I lied. I forgot that there are over 400 different kinds of seafood sold at the Tsukiji fish market, and I was about to go for a sushi breakfast right next door. The famous, Sushi Dai was open for business and it was quite obviously the place to be. The line ran around the block with people waiting on seating at this tiny 10-seat sushi bar. Lucky for us, we had an hour and a half of anticipation while waiting on line for a table.
We are slowly approaching our turn at the sushi bar, and a waitress comes outside to ask us for our orders in preparation. The choices? 7 pieces, or 10. I quickly realize my amateur order of 1 spicy tuna roll and 1 cucumber avocado roll simply won't fly. I hesitatingly glance into the window to see what everyone inside is eating, to mentally prepare myself for what's to come.
|First sighting: About a tablespoon of rice beneath a wiggling chunk of akagai (live red clam). I heave.|
In the end I tried fatty tuna, squid, shellfish, and BBQ eel. It was a small step for me in the right direction. I hope by next time I visit Tokyo I can enjoy seafood from all ends of the spectrum.
|Kohada (Plaited Gizzard Shad)|
|O-Toro (Fatty Tuna)|
|Suzuki (Sea Bass), Uni (Sea Urchin Roe)|
|Fatty Tuna Rolls, Shellfish Cucucumber Rolls|