Not only fish, but many foods can be eaten as sashimi: Beef, chicken sasami (tenderloin strip of breast), and even fresh sliced vegetables such as daikon or turnip are lovely raw, thinly sliced, and dipped in soy sauce or ponzu. I crave raw foods, so am naturally drawn to sashimi-style foods. Searing beef tenderloins over a straw fire renders the meat pleasantly cinched up on the surface but virtually raw inside, thus it is imperative to ask the butcher if the meat can be eaten as beef sashimi (gyu sashi). In Japan, the concept of eating raw fish or meat is deeply embedded in how the producers or fisherman treat their meat and fish, therefore many varieties are safe to eat raw. And fishmongers or butchers know their stuff, so you can rely on their expertise.
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