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  • So a few years ago there was a big scandal in Europe surrounding horse meat

  • when it turned out nearly every meat based dish ever was secretly horse meat

  • in disguise and ever since then the reputation of horse meat has been

  • tarnished and even then it's not something we really eat anyway.

  • Meanwhile in Japan they eat horse meat raw and today we're going to go and try it and

  • see what it tastes like and unfortunately we are joined by Ryotaro for this trip.

  • Raw Horse

  • Have you been drinking too much apple juice again?

  • He's the most hyper man ever.

  • But anyway I'm going to stuff you up with not only horse but beef and chicken.

  • And also I'm going to stuff you with garlic.

  • Garlic?

  • Yeah

  • Yeah!

  • Today we're visiting two neighbouring towns with two

  • distinct culinary identities in the far northern region of Aomori.

  • Gonohe town has been famous for its horses for over a thousand years first as a town

  • that bred horses for samurai and more recently for its lean juicy cuts of horse.

  • But before we stuff ourselves with horses we're first dropping in to the

  • nearby town of Takko. Now Takko town might sound like an exciting upmarket

  • Mexican restaurant but in fact this rural town is actually Japan's biggest exporter of garlic.

  • On first glance while passing through Takko you wouldn't know

  • the town is obsessed with garlic.

  • Well apart from the garlic street lights.

  • Oh yeah and the garlic character

  • Oh and I guess there's the unique variation on Cola.

  • That might give it away.

  • You can sense there's a real obsession with garlic in this town

  • just by looking at the cola which has garlic in it.

  • Garlic coca-cola; never had that so let's try it. This is my first drink of the day

  • this is my breakfast as well so you can definitely smell it.

  • There's a kind of spiciness to the flavor and the coke that makes it actually quite nice.

  • Bloody hell who'd have thought garlic and coke actually works.

  • Since the taste of the garlic is quite mild

  • normally garlic is used as spices or flavoring

  • But here you actually can eat the whole thing and you'll actually like it.

  • One characteristic of Takkos garlic is its high sugar content which means you can

  • eat entire cloves without setting your mouth on fire.

  • Ok so now what we've got

  • here is one whole garlic - they grilled it.

  • How do I do it? So they actually give us a fork so I think we're just gonna dig it.

  • Oh look at this!

  • There is something I need to declare to the world.

  • This is the best garlic I've ever had

  • I can't really explain it.

  • Well you have to until we have a 4D video experience.

  • That's true with the smell right?

  • Again it's mild and stuff but it's really creamy I would say.

  • If I close my eyes and ate that again it's like eating a jacket potato that's

  • been mildly flavored with garlic. It has a very silky smooth kind of texture to it.

  • Take all your preconceptions about garlic and discard them

  • this is the next level of garlic

  • Why are you trying to hide it?

  • Souvenirs?

  • It's not every day you see garlic coke.

  • Not for yourself?

  • One of them might be.

  • Okay this is the restaurant in Gonohe town that is famous for the horse meat.

  • And we're going to have a horse BBQ.

  • What is their obsession with horses? How did it come about?

  • Here in the Gonohe town

  • they've been eating this horse meat for the last 1,200 years, can you believe that?

  • Older than you!

  • So this is a horse meat and we call it "Sakura Niku" in Japanese

  • It means cherry blossom meat.

  • That's very romantic.

  • Yeah it is.

  • Even if it's a butchered horse.

  • So "Basashi" raw horse meat is pretty common throughout Japan.

  • This isn't. This is actually pretty rare right? Like grilled bbq horse meat.

  • It's the first time I saw it.

  • It's kind of a local specialty to this town so this is my first time to actually have horse meat

  • that's been grilled like on a barbecue so I don't really know what to expect.

  • Hmm the key word here is juicy. It's very juicy it tastes a lot like beef.

  • But unlike Japanese beef which is very fatty this is quite lean. It's juicier than beef

  • and it's slightly chewier than beef as well but it's a satisfying kind of sugary taste right?

  • That's really good and apparently it's lower in fat,

  • cholesterol and calories right.

  • You can eat horse meat all day every day

  • and you'll never get fat or never die.

  • Stuffed full of garlic and horses Ryotaro's got one last local dish up his sleeve

  • to finish me off from nearby Hachinohe city.

  • I'm absolutely stuffed and yet we've got one more final round to go but I'm not gonna complain.

  • It's a kind of free-range chicken called shamrock chicken but it's

  • got the Royal Seal of Approval there are 60 brands of free-range chicken across

  • Japan and this is the only one that has the royal seal of approval the only one

  • that the royal family of Japan eat.

  • If it's good for the Emperor it's good for me.

  • Not sure about that. You're not that Royal.

  • What is going on?

  • We'll rename the video to dining with Gollum.

  • Dining with Gollum.

  • I want that ring.

  • I want that ring? I don't remember that line.

  • I don't remember it either.

  • I think if there's one thing to take away from today it is

  • If I was ever stuck on a

  • desert island and I had to take one animal with me that animal would be an

  • Aomori horse because not only would I be able to ride it around and not only

  • would it be able to carry my garlic coca-cola around for me but if shit hit

  • the fan and times got tough I'll be able to chop it up eat it and have over

  • barbecue safe in the knowledge that it would be a truly delicious animal

  • If you're looking for the best cuts of horse in japan, an abundance of garlic,

  • and a taste of chicken worthy of the Emperor's kitchen

  • Hachinohe is a two-and-a-half-hour bullet train ride north of Tokyo. For more information on where

  • we visited in this video you can find the details in the description box below

  • But for now guys as always many thanks for watching we'll see you next time

  • What happens is that there's going to be some flow of horse oil.

  • Horse Oil?

  • Horse oil yeah. Because we are good in there you're just making up words in

  • Are you just making up words and terms as you go along?

  • You mean horse fat.

  • But it becomes horse oil at the end.

  • And horse oil will come into this hole here.

  • And we're going to use this horse oil to actually grill the meat later on.

  • Because otherwise it's gonna be burnt.

  • Every part of the horse is used.

So a few years ago there was a big scandal in Europe surrounding horse meat

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/24
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