SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO CHINESE RESTAURANT MENU LISTS PROTECTED TOTOABA
June 12, 2004, Barry Norman: An advertisement placed by the China House Restaurant in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, advertising a soup made from the endangered totoaba fish: “Sopa de Buche de Totoaba.”
Notes on eating poisonous pufferfishes:
I love to fish, mostly surf. About a half dozen years ago, when I was still living in North Carolina, I was in Baja on vacation. I camped and fished at Laguna Manuela and caught a couple puffers. I asked some passing Mexicans if they were good to eat and they said “oh yeah.” So, I gutted them and was going to roast them in aluminum foil, skin and all. Then I seemed to vaguely recall something about them in The Baja Catch. I looked up puffers in the back of the book and after reading what was written, immediately buried them in the sand and opened a can of pork and beans for dinner.
There was an article in the Yuma paper about a Japanese university experimenting in raising nonpoisonous Fugu puffers. Apparently eating starfish, etc., is what concentrates toxins in them and controlling their feed produces puffers without poison.
I now recall that I did eat one in San Felipe over 20 years ago when I didn't know. I guess I was just lucky and didn't puncture anything when I gutted and filleted it.
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