Hiroshi Hirasaka catches and cooks “huge, strange creatures.”
Recently, Hirasaka caught and ate a huge catfish from a river in Hong Kong.
The catch? The river is dirty and polluted. Hirasaka learned that catfish of the genus Clarias actually lived in the filthy waters. He documented the effort, with photos, on his blog “Monsters Pro Shop.”
And it was quite an effort. Hirasaka spent days trying to catch one of the monsters. First he used live bait, without success. Then he turned to lures and starting getting strikes. Unfortunately, the fish were so big that they broke free nearly every time. Finally, Hirasaka ended up landing a 43-inch beast of a walking catfish.
It may seem like catching the huge catfish was the hard part, when in fact eating it was a much more difficult, and disgusting, endeavor. Cleaning the fish, he found that the digestive system was full of black mud that stunk of drain water.
Hirasaka cooked the fish several different ways: deep fried and grilled, in curry. He even used milk, sake and ginger to try and cover the smell and taste, but nothing worked.
It took four days for Hirasaka to catch the fish and another two days to eat it. All the while, he blogged and shared photos of the event, which he claims has drawn 3 million readers.
Were the results worth it? He says, “It was the most terrible and stinking fish I had ever eaten.”