Seafood

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Fugu (pufferfish) can be toxic and lethal if not prepared properly, but for those who are willing to risk death for delicious flavors, specialists like Chef Sasaki are called in.

The chef has specialized in fugu for the past 45 years, and he recently starred in a video describing the delicate process and the “extreme skills” needed to pull it off.

As you’ll see, fugu preparation is far from fishsticks. It requires commitment, a special license and an apprenticeship that lasts at least a decade.

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Top Image: Food Envy

Among the latest trends in the food world are sushi burgers, which isn’t surprising when you look at the marvelous concoction pictured above. Instagram can’t resist something like that.

The “burgers” use sushi rice as a stand in for a conventional bun with raw fish, fried soft-shell crab, fried chicken or a beef patty in-between. Toppings consist of avocado, spicy mayonnaise, pickled ginger and red cabbage.

Although a sushi burger is on the menu of Japanese fast food chain MOS Burger, several homemade variations have surfaced on the Internet, including the additional examples pictured below.

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Niconico user Nurezokin took playing with your food to new levels when he used leftover shells from a lobster dinner to create a replica of the MSN-04 Sazabi robot from Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack.

We have to admit, the final product is impressive. Check out more pics below.

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Looking for something unique to serve at the Christmas party this year? Santa sushi rolls will definitely fit the bill.

Check out the video below to see how it’s done.

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Shrimp, as the film Forrest Gump taught me, is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, broil it, fry it and now you can sleep on it too. This shrimp-shaped neck pillow looks delicious and comfy at the same time–and that’s a pretty hard thing to pull off.

Check out some more pics after the break…

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Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille in Pittsburgh, PA has raised the bar for ostentatious beverages by offering this happy hour Bloody Mary that’s garnished with shrimp cocktail and a fried soft-shell crab.

The drink also includes two olive eyeballs that will give you a bizarre and haunting blank stare prior to being consumed.

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Sushi for dessert? What if it’s shaped like a cake? With my current cooking skill set, I think layering sushi ingredients would be easier than rolling them up.

Using a bowl as a guide, take two sheets of nori paper and cut them into circles. Add the first layer of rice, then avocado, and last the sushi.  Finally stack both layers on top of each other to complete the cake. Then grab some spicy sauce and chopsticks and call your friend over. Or keep it for yourself, I won’t judge.

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To honor the character known as Kirimi-chan, whose head is a giant piece of salmon, Japanese companies Pucco and Sanrio teamed up to create salted-salmon chewy candy. The limited edition offering features a gray color to mimic salmon skin and the addition of salmon flakes to its center. But rather than acting as a ipecac, the candy has been described as having an orange flavor and only “hints of fish”, while others described it as sweet and mild.

Whatever the case, most purchases will most likely be the result of curiosity rather than any sort of appetizing appeal.

Check out the equally weird promotional video after the break…

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Isao Machii is a master swordsman, and he recently had the opportunity to show off his skills for mobile carrier Softbank. During the ad, Machii takes out a number of different foods (including fried shrimp) traveling towards him at high speed. Needless to say, never get into a food fight with a samurai.

See Also: An Air Cannon Is The Most Badass Way To Fry Shrimp

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In this strange but highly amusing Japanese video, shrimp are fired from an air cannon. What’s more, as they hurl towards their final target, they fly through a gauntlet that batters and fries them. I wish I could use this machine at home. Though, in all honesty, I’d probably shatter all of my windows.

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