Some people worry about whether a particular food tastes good, others whether it is healthy, while some concern themselves with the ethics of food production and consumption.
There are two criteria that I consider valid when it comes to ethical food choice: 1. Is the harvest of the animal sustainable, and 2. Is the killing humane.
Whaling by the Japanese is undertaken in accordance with a strict quota system to ensure populations are not depleted and every effort is made to get a quick and painless kill including through the use of a grenade tipped harpoon.
So I had no problems with the ethics of eating whale when I visited a restaurant that specializes in whale in downtown Tokyo recently with well known blogger, David.
Furthermore, whale tastes good, at least when it is cooked.
Our meal started with a green salad containing crunchy whale blubber.
My favourite dish though comprised lightly peppered whale steaks.
But several of the dishes comprised elegantly presented raw whale meat including cold raw morsels of heart and tail.
I didn’t enjoy these at all.
Later in the meal we were provided with our own cooking pot which we filled with whale tongue and an assortment of vegetables.
Later David added some raw egg and noodles.
All in all it was a fun evening and I can recommend whale – but it’s definitely best cooked.
This is my second post on whales and whaling from Tokyo, the first is here.