Do you know that we can enjoy the ‘non-poisonous’ Fugu aka the pufferfish without worry everyday in Singapore?
Yes! FUKU Fine Fugu Kaiseki Restaurant is the first restaurant in Asia outside Japan serving this premium delicacy.
Here we have Executive Chef Koji Tsukamoto with 20 years of experience in the F&B industry. He is currently the only licensed Fugu Chef in Singapore. Chef Koji shared with us that the poisonous part of the Fugu internal organs has been removed under strict Japanese regulations in Japan before air-sealing the edible parts and export to Singapore.
FUKU Fine Fugu Kaiseki Restaurant imports premium ‘Tora Fugu’ aka the Tiger Puffer Fish, both wild and farmed twice weekly from Shimonoseki Japan’s (fugu capital, a city in Yamaguchi prefecture) which is known for it’s locally harvested Fugu. Therefore, actually chefs do not need to have Fugu license in Singapore.
Nutritional Benefits of Fugu
Fugu has a low fat content and a rich source of protein. There is also a superb level of collagen in its skin which is popular among the ladies for its beneficial effects on skin complexion.
New Breed vs Farmed
Chef Koki shared that the wild fugu is chewier because they move around more and it has a ‘sea smell’. High technology are used for the farming of Fugu. The wild Fugu eats the poisonous seaweed while the farmed ones are only fed with other non poisonous food. Therefore, farmed Fugu has no poison.
Appreciate the Fugu
Traditionally Fugu is used to be serve during business meeting as it symbolises grand and high class. Interestingly according to Japan National Tourism Organization, the Japanese relates Fugu to ‘happiness’ because the Japanese pronunciation of ‘Fugu’ is similar to the word ‘Fuku’, which means “happiness” or ‘lucky’. So hence perhaps that is the reason for this name of the restaurant; a question which I missed out asking.
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Lightly boiled Fugu with Spring Onions & Grated Spicy Daikon
Fugu-sashi ‘Fugu Sashimi’ with Spring Onions & Momiji Oroshi
The Fugu are sliced very thinly which makes it transparent. They are then arranged on a large decorated dish that emulates a piece of art; a blossom flower in this plating. The majority finds Fugu tasteless. But to some extend it actually has an extremely mild natural sweet flavour.
There are 2 types of sauce being served in in Fuku Fine Dining Restaurant; the original classic ponzu sauce and the Singaporean style’s, wasabi with Japanese Soy. Momiji Oroshi is actually grated daikon and chili pepper.
Fugu is best paired with Ponzu sauce which elevates the taste of the fish while Spicy Daikon gives it a little kick on the overall flavour. We find that the Japanese Soy that they are using has a hint of bonito which is rather fragrant too.
Deep Fried Fugu
There are 2 ways to enjoy this deep fried Fugu; one which is on its own while another way is to sprinkle it with sea salt and lime. Both are good. Everybody will definitely go for the chunky meat, but well you shouldn’t miss out the 2 flat and bony parts which comprise of both meat and collagen. Overall this dish is simply fragrant and tasty!
Fugu Hot Pot (Choice of Soup Base: Clear, Milk or Miso)
The clear broth is the traditional classic way which uses only Konbu seaweed and water. The hotpot will be prepared step by step by them.
At the end of the hotpot if you are still hungry, I will recommend you to try out their rice porridge. The Japanese rice is cooked with the leftover soup with an egg and served with Japanese seasoned seaweed and pickles. Oh yes do keep some Fugu meat so that you may add into your porridge too. Mix everything well and enjoy this lovely porridge. It’s simply umami!
For those who still hesitate to try Fugu, you may want to check out other items such as the A5 Miyazaki beef shabu shabu and other Japanese Ala Carte Menu! But still you have to try Fugu at least once in your life time!
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14 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-01 Singapore 238963
Operations: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM Monday – Sunday (Dinner time Only)
Phone: +65-6235-8216 SMS: +65-9671-0560 (BOOK IN ADVANCE)