Don’t mess with sushi.
Diehards of the Japanese favorite are taking issue with its hybrid version, called “siu mei with rice in a bite”.
That’s the descriptive name of a fusion dish combining Japanese elements with Chinese characteristics.
Authentic Japanese sushi is made from cooked vinegared rice served in a roll with seafood, vegetables and sometimes tropical fruits.
Taste, a Hong Kong supermarket chain which targets middle-class consumers, introduced the fusion version which consists of Chinese barbecued pork on top of a lump of rice. A box costs HK$25.
Netizens are not impressed.
“It’s not only expensive but also not tasty and it’s cold,” said one.
Another said it’s better to buy a takeaway of freshly roasted meat with rice from a siu mei shop in a wet market.
And another wondered if siu mei sushi should be eaten hot like roast meat with rice or cold like sushi.
A chef from the supermarket explained on satirical website TV Most that siu mei sushi is preferably served hot, unlike real Japanese sushi, but it can be eaten cold also.
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