Why is the fattiest part of the tuna the most expensive?

The fact that o-toro used be thrown to the cats is quite famous, but I’d always wondered why the switch happened. According to the (often unreliable) book Sushi and Beyond, it was a combination of getting a taste for fattier foods due to a more Western diet, and us fat-loving and more and more sushi-loving Westerners giving o-toro a status that came back to Japan. Then again, it could just be a case of the Japanese eating absolutely anything before, during and after the war and then getting a taste for it, like chicken cartilage and stomach yaki niku, and like powdered eggs and chicory coffee in the UK.


1 Comment

  1. tudza said,

    March 8, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Chicory coffee is good stuff. Serve it up with sweetened condensed milk for what the local coffee shop calls a Vietnamese Latte.

    Only had chicken cartilage once, but it was indeed crunchy good.

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