THE FEAST OF LUXURY BLUEFIN TUNA
“The bluefin tuna is a ʻgiantʼ in the tuna fish world. It has a rich nutritional value and is
naturally the most expensive.”
Japanese cuisine has always advocated light and healthy cooking in order to enjoy the natural flavour of food at its best. In keeping with this approach, seafood has always occupied a major position, with bluefin tuna in particular being a favourite. Every year, the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo (now relocated to the Toyosu Market) conducts a New Yearʼs auction. The fishmongers all gather round to bid for the Pacific Bluefin Tuna, amongst which “Japan No.1ˮ is the largest and most expensive. The bid always reaches more than a few million Hong Kong dollars. What exactly is the charm of the bluefin tuna? Why does it cost so much to just have a taste of it?
- The bluefin tuna is the “giant” of the tuna. It weighs up to 350 kilograms and has the largest body size, but it is rare and only accounting for less than 1% of the market. Being scarce, it is naturally the most expensive. Other varieties such as mediumsized yellowfin tuna and small blackfin tuna are regularly seen in the market. The tuna has high nutritional values, being rich in protein, DHA, EPA and unsaturated amino acids. Typically, you find that 100 grams of “Toro” contains 21.4 grams of protein and a variety of vitamins such as A, B1, B2, C, D and E, while the fat content is very low, only about 24.6 grams, which can help prevent diseases such as arterial stiffness and embolism.
- Bluefin tuna may be famous in Japan, but it is not uncommon in Hong Kong. FUMI, a high-end Japanese restaurant in Lan Kwai Fong, Central, is committed to promoting Japanese food culture. From now until the end of March, a live tuna cutting show will be held every Thursday evening, allowing the people of Hong Kong to have a first-hand experience. Each Kyushu farmed bluefin tuna weighs up to 50 kilograms, and arrives Hong Kong by air to ensure its freshness and taste.
- The restaurant will also introduce a bluefin tuna six-course menu and an à la carte menu, which includes a delicious three piece sashimi platter of tuna, showcasing the different parts of tuna in one go, and a tuna fish roll, an oily, salted tuna fish dish, and a hearty broth with spring onion, tuna and squid. These are authentic Japanese delicacies served in the perfect setting, an elegant restaurant of Japanese customs with artistic atmosphere.
- In order to showcase the best of Japanese cuisine, FUMI is also committed to searching for seasonal ingredients from all over Japan in addition to the bluefin tuna, from the top of Hokkaido mountains to the tropical waters of Okinawa. Ingredients are all transported by air so their freshness are kept. All in all, it’s a great culinary experience, with sushi, sashimi, Omakase or Kaiseki all prepared and presented beautifully.
Address: 6/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Telephone: 2328 3302
Business Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:30-15:00, 18:00-23:00
Parking: Landmark ($200 for the first two hours)