Any person who has ever had sushi is familiar with sashimi, a traditional Japanese dish. Sushi and sashimi of course, is served completely raw; unless you’re animal and order a deep-fried roll of some sort. In keeping with this “raw” mentality, Food and Wine sparked a major debate on the safety of consuming the popular dish, chicken sashimi.
Let’s take a moment to let that sink in; apparently chicken sashimi has been a thing in Japan and Korea but it seems that America is just realizing it.
Christian Geideman, Ippuku restaurant chef, explains that this dish, torisashi, is completely consumable; Geideman specifies that “it has to be very fresh; they kill and chill it very quickly.”
If you’re anything like me, the first thought of chicken sashimi is immediately followed by salmonella or death but Twitter users seemed a bit divided.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Food & Wine (@foodandwine) September 5, 2017
When I lived in Japan I had both boar & quail sashimi. The boar was ok but the quail was totally as horrific as raw chicken. 🤢
— Bryn Greenwood (@bryngreenwood) September 6, 2017
i've seen that "is chicken sashimi safe?" tweet on my tl a couple of times today and you guys know it's an actual dish in japan right (鳥刺し)
— emi (@sweatyloser) September 6, 2017
Dude, I’m not going to lie. I had chicken sashimi in Japan, and it was fucking delicious
— Yoshi @ RCCC M-09 (@yoshisquared) September 6, 2017
Agreed – I think in this instance there's a very important difference between "is this sashimi dangerous?" and "is raw chicken safe?"
— Davs Howard (@davshoward) September 6, 2017
Raw chicken. By far the ickiest thing we ate in Japan. pic.twitter.com/x2HVHdPF2Q
— Hayley (@hayjane) May 9, 2017
Okay, I just saw the phrase "chicken sashimi" in my feed and apparently this is a real thing. pic.twitter.com/hbmuJu94bP
— Deanna Raybourn (@deannaraybourn) September 6, 2017