Japan is well known for its culinary mastery. A breeding ground for delicate ingredients and chefs with decades of training in the art of traditional Japanese cooking; this is a country in which you’re bound to experience some of the finest flavours on this planet. Bold statement, we know, but well deserved. And in amongst the classic, yet no less delicious, bento boxes and sushi rolls, there’s a whole array of ultra-luxurious foodie finds that come with a (well-deserved) higher price tag. These are just four of our favourites – and we’re kicking off with the renowned pufferfish…
If you’re worried that eating one of the ocean’s most poisonous residents may be a bad idea, fear not. Only chefs that have undergone rigorous training will be in possession of the required licence to prepare this deadly fish. Beyond the fresh flavours, perhaps the most memorable part of this dining experience will be the tingling feeling to overcome your mouth as you eat, caused by the perfect amount of poison left behind by your expert chef.
This marbled, melt-in-the-mouth beef will be like nothing you’ve ever tried before. Seriously, even if you’re not a big red meat fan, we’d urge you to give this a go, it’s truly delicious. And the secret behind it? Cows raised in an optimum, stress-free environment that enjoy regular (wait for it…) massages.
Keeping with the theme of cows, it’s in Japan you can try what’s probably the most expensive milk on earth. Taken from animals that only get milked once a week (if we were cows, we know where we’d want to live…) and thus produce a product with a much higher hormone concentration – this milk is purported to reduce anxiety and stress and help towards a good night’s sleep. One of the Japan’s finest superfoods.
This is sushi, but on a whole other level. Cut so deftly and delicately, the heat from your mouth will cause this cut of tuna belly to begin disintegrating immediately. It takes a highly skilled master sushi chef to carefully store and preserve the texture and flavour of this Bluefin Tuna. So it’s little wonder that you won’t find a set price next to Otoro on any menu – in fact one restaurant owner once paid close to two million dollars for a 489 pound Bluefin. Otoro is a rare foodie prize to savour on your next trip to Japan.