Goallegheny From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 340 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1163 times:
Or both? What do people think about the risks of contracting Hepatitis (B?) or other diseases from sushi (raw fish, not the oysters). I love it, I never have gotten sick, but I also only eat it half a dozen times per year. Is the risk worse than it was a few years ago, even from reputable restaurants? My wife won't let our 8 year old son eat any, and he loves the stuff too. I know that raw fish can, in general, be more toxic to the young and elderly, and I am neither. Data and opinions, please!
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1123 times:
I have honestly never thought about any risk involved in eating sushi. I always have it at reputable restaurants. However, I have heard of people having sushi at restaurants where it was not properly stored and/or prepared, and they got VERY sick as a result.
I don't think there is a significant risk in eating raw fish, otherwise sushi bars and restaurants would be shut down all over the place. The only severe risk is in eating fugu, which is specially-prepared puffer fish, but that's a different thing altogether. Aparently, puffer must be cleaned immediately after being killed - the liver and gall bladder must be removed quickly, because they contain a poison that spreads very quickly throught the flesh after the fish dies. Fugu is considered a great delicacy, both for its flavour and for the thrill of eating something potentially so poisonous. However, eating improperly-prepared fugu results in paralysis and death every time.
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1048 times:
Ok. I have a question.
What is exactly the difference between sushi and sashimi?
Are they from different regions or what???
"Sushi" does not mean raw fish, but the special rice upon which raw fish is often served. "Sashimi" means raw fish.
What this means in menu terms is that raw fish served on rice is called sushi, while raw fish served on a plate and not on top of rice is called sashimi.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
I absolutely love sushi! What a wonderful food! I haven't found a kind I don't like yet and I've tried a lot of different kinds. I've never really though about the risk in eating it. I've never gotten sick from it though, so I'm not too worried.