Monday, February 9, 2015

President's Choice Sushi Bites

President's Choice Sushi Bites come in 416 gram boxes of 12. Each box has two separate plastic bags of six pieces of sushi, each about the size of a ping pong ball; and a pouch of "wasabi" dipping sauce. There is a "panko-style" breading around the sushi, meaning it will have a crunchy exterior -- probably to deflect attention from the fact that once it comes out of the oven, you will be having hot sushi.

The product is basically as picture-perfect as on the packaging (!). That means there really is a chunk of shrimp or scallop in the middle. However, strangely enough, despite the fact that I could isolate a chunk of filling (about 1/3rd of a shrimp in volume), even when I dug it out and ate that filling on its own, I didn't get any clear shrimp or scallop flavour. The perils of freezing shellfish, I guess. Also, no seaweed flavour.

The "wasabi" sauce does have a light wasabi flavour -- nothing that will clear your sinus painfully, like a chunk of real wasabi -- but mostly it tasted like... lime? There's no lime in it, but there is white vinegar, which would probably account for the sharpness. This is a pleasantly coloured and harmless party tray sauce.

Overall, it's a great visual-presentation product for a house party, and tastes tamely enough plus it comes with a not-fried crunchy-fun exterior. The sushi on its own, minus the wasabi sauce, is pretty tasteless. Like eating rice.
Also, for what is more like a two-bite item, I don't like the seaweed, which can result in some chewiness between bites and possibly a mess, what with the panko crust crumbling and possibly some rice spilling out. And it's quite a mouthful to do in one bite.

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