Date
14 December 2017
Siu mei sushi from Taste supermarket is creating a buzz among netizens who are diehard fans of the original Japanese dish. Photo: Apple Daily
Siu mei sushi from Taste supermarket is creating a buzz among netizens who are diehard fans of the original Japanese dish. Photo: Apple Daily

Sushi diehards not impressed with siu mei-based hybrid dish

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.

So there.

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RA

EJ Insight intern reporter

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