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Synanceia is a genus of fish of the family Synanceiidae, the stonefishes, whose members are venomous, dangerous, and even fatal to humans. It is one of the most venomous fish known. They are found in the coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific.

Despite their fearsome reputation, Synanceia are edible to humans if prepared properly as the protein-based venom quickly breaks down if heated, while raw stonefish served as part of sushi is rendered harmless simply by removing the dorsal fins, which are the main source of venom. The fish are considered a delicacy in many parts of Asia, including south Japan, south Fujian and Guangdong in China, and Hong Kong. In the Hokkien-speaking area, they are considered delicacies and good for health. The meat of Synanceia is white, dense and sweet, and the skin is also edible. They are usually cooked with ginger into a clear soup, and sometimes served raw as sushi or sashimi.

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  1. Its nice to see chefs treating the fish with SOME respect: kill them immediately, and the best way is the way the first guy did it- quick crack between the eyes, smoosh the brain before he knew what hit him. The second kill 12 minutes in was a bit sloppier but still better than flaying them alive like so many people do in some parts of the world…

  2. This just seems so cruel to me I know its a fish it just saddens me to see something die in a pretty cruel way mayb its just me that feels that way tho

  3. Why does ANYONE consider this "cuisine"?? It's all FUCKIN GROSS!! Not just cuz I'm from America, and not used to it. It's seriously just sick as hell. And why do they have to be alive when ya start to cook them?? Doesn't do anything for the taste. Anyone who says it does, is a fuckin liar.

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