- Publish Date
- Friday, 8 September 2017, 1:30PM
Almost everyone knows that eating raw chicken is a one-way ticket to food poisoning.
But when a magazine tweeted about a popular Japanese dish where chicken is served like sashimi, foodies in the western hemisphere flew into a frenzy, according to the Daily Mail.
Many had no idea chicken could be served raw - and others balked at the idea of eating chicken that has not been cooked.
Food&Wine magazine asked "Is chicken sashimi safe?" on Twitter, alongside a picture of glistening slices of raw poultry and a link to one of its article on the Japanese phenomenon.
The tweet quickly went viral, with many aghast at the idea of eating chicken raw.
Raw chicken can give you Salmonella poisoning, and many chickens also carry the bacteria campylobacter, which can make you seriously ill.
Japanese restaurants, however, serve chicken sashimi by taking thin slices or dicing chicken from the middle of the breast - the part of the chicken that is least likely to be contaminated with Salmonella.
It still presents a risk of course - and in July Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare warned against serving raw chicken.
For many on Twitter, this was something they already knew - and they could not believe that some restaurants would consider serving chicken sashimi.
One tweeted: "I just got food poisoning from looking at the photo."
Another wrote: "Safe to eat if you want to take some sick days off work."
Those who have tried the dish describe it as "horrific" so it may not even be worth the risk of food poisoning to try it.
In any case, it doesn't look as if this delicacy will start appearing on menus in New Zealand any time soon.
This article was first published on Daily Mail and is republished here with permission.