The question we’ve all wondered, finally answered.

In the Pokémon universe, the idea of eating Pokémon is one that comes up very rarely. It’s mostly a taboo subject, presumably because the thought of eating the Tauroses and Miltanks that we all spent hours training and bonding with isn’t very appealing.

▼ Although eating Magikarps is brought
up a few times in the anime.

But after playing copious amounts of Pokémon GO, the Japanese website livedoor NEWS couldn’t get the idea out of their head and decided to make a list of the most delicious-looking Pokémon that they want to eat out of the original 151.

Whether you think eating Pokémon is cruel, macabrely humorous, or intriguing for your inner cook, we present here the list they came up with:

#10. Squirtle

Coming in just at the kind-of-curious-about-eating level is everyone’s favorite first gen water-type starter, Squirtle. Eating turtle is quite common in Japan, with one of the most common being the suppon – the Chinese shoft-shelled turtle. It’s used in a variety of dishes, from suppon soup to sashimi, and Squirtle may be able to be cooked similarly.

I don’t know how you’re going to break the news to Professor Oak that you just ate the Pokémon he entrusted to you, but hey, maybe he’ll give you a Bulbasaur instead. That thing just looks like a giant brussel sprout.

#9. Magikarp

Of course this one had to be on the list. One of the only few Pokémon to actually ever canonically be discussed eating, Magikarp is essentially the Pokémon-version of the Japanese carp – albeit bigger. Presumably that means it can be cooked similarly to carp, with some of the most popular varieties being carp stew and sashimi.

Let’s just hope cooking up a Magikarp doesn’t cause it to suddenly evolve into Gyardaos. That would probably not end well for the chef.

#8. Weedle

Here’s another one that may seem strange at first, but makes sense from the Japanese perspective. Since Weedle eventually evolves into Beedrill, the hornet Pokémon, that essentially means Weedle is technically hornet larvae, which are commonly eaten in parts of Japan. As long as the stingers are removed and you close your eyes when you bite into it, you wont be able to resist its juicy, meaty tenderness.

#7. Jigglypuff

This one might only make sense from the Japanese side. In Japanese, Jigglypuff is named Purin, which is also the word for “pudding.” So even though Jigglypuff looks like a balloon that would just pop if you tried to cook it, perhaps instead it’s filled with delicious pudding inside?

Well, there’s only one way to find out!

#6. Pidgeot

Pidgeot’s main attractive quality is just how big it is. This bird weighs 40 kilos (88 pounds), so it is one hefty bird. Considering the average Christmas turkey typically only gets up to 18 kilos (40 pounds) before it is, um, plucked, that means Pidgeot is more than twice that amount of meat.

Although catching a wild Pidgeot would be difficult, raising a Pidgey to eventually evolve into one would probably be the easier method. Is roasting up the family Pidgeot an annual tradition at some houses in the Pokémon world? I can’t really imagine that not putting a damper on the holidays….

#5. Farfetch’d

This one is an obvious choice. Farfetch’d is based on the Japanese saying “a wild duck coming along with a green onion,” meaning “a sucker comes along with money just begging to be swindled away.” It’s kind of silly, but when a literal duck comes along with a literal onion, it’s time to get cooking.

The reviewers recommend either grilling Farfetch’d yakitori-style, or serving it as raw sashimi along with slices of the onion. Either way, both are recommended to wash down with some Japanese sake, which presumably Farfetch’d would have also brought if its wings weren’t already full of onions.

#4. Ponyta

Again, this one may seem strange, but eating horse meat isn’t uncommon in Japan, and Ponyta is basically horse meat that comes pre-cooked. The reviewers imagine it would taste like tataki, raw tuna meat that is briefly seared over a flame, marinated in vinegar, and served with ginger and soy sauce.

Ponyta’s head and rump, due to their proximity to the flames, may not be suitable for raw meat, but might work as a type of roast beef. And for those who prefer their meat well-done, perhaps try a Ponyta after it has used Fire Spin!

#3. Spearow

Sparrow meat is not as easy to find in Japan as it once was, but there are many who swear by its deliciousness. And considering an average sparrow in Japan weighs a mere 25 grams (0.9 ounces), and a Spearow weighs a whopping two kilos (4.5 pounds), that’s 80 times the amount of meat in something that’s not much bigger. That’s some dense meat – imagine the tenderness.

The reviewers recommend roasting up Spearow yakitori-style, perhaps with some Oddish and Paras as a vegetable side?

#2. Krabby

Again, Krabby’s sheer size makes crab-lovers everywhere drool in delight. While a big Japanese crab might weigh somewhere around one to two kilos (2 to 4.5 pounts), Krabby checks in at a massive 6.5 kilos (14 pounds)! Just one Krabby could practically fill a whole buffet.

And while we’re at it, check out the size of those claws. Claw meat is among the best part of the crab, and Krabby is basically nothing but giant, juicy claws. Sure, you may not want to encounter those claws when you’re swimming in the ocean, but at the dinner table they would be a welcome sight.

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#1. Lickitung

Well I don’t know about you but I didn’t see that one coming!

Lickitung being number one on the list has everything to do with its tongue. Ox tongue is considered a delicacy, and it’s usually fairly small and thin. But Lickitung’s tongue, that monster can reach up to four meters (13 feet) long! It’s also super flexible, able to bend in every imaginable direction, making the reviewers imagine it would be quite soft and tender.

They recommend cooking Lickitung tongue over a grill with a little salt and pepper to taste. Although we have to imagine that the tongue’s flavor would vary depending on what Lickitung had spent its time licking….

▼ You’ll want to steer clear of any Lickitung
caught licking Slowpoke tails.

So there you have it, the top 10 most delicious-looking Pokémon! It’s kind of a strange subject, but do you agree with their list? Have you ever secretly thought about eating a Pokémon that you’d like to add? Let us know in the comments so we can all prepare our imaginary Pokémon cookbooks together.

Source: livedoor NEWS via Hachima Kiko
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