“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Fish „
One of my most favourite foods is sea food sticks. I lived them cherished up in a sandwich with loads of seafood sauce or just plain dipping them in it. My daughter also really enjoys these as well, and i am much happier her eating these than crisps and chocolate all the time. These Tesco value seafood sticks come in a pack of 16 and Retail at only 50p. I think this is excellent value for money considering they tasted much nicer than the leading brand Young's. They come in a plastic packet with Tesco value written across the front. Once you have opened the outer packaging you then reveal the 16 seafood sticks which are vacuumed sealed and can only be opened by scissors. This keeps them nice and fresh, and also keeps all the lovely moist favour contained. Each seafood stick is the individually wrapped in a thin cloudy plastic which is very easy to removed but does seem to stick to you and floats on to your arms. This can get very annoying. The seafood sticks taste very nice. They are very addictive. When I was younger I always used to know them as crab sticks. This is the main flavour I could taste while eating these seafood sticks. They have a slight rubbery taste to them but not that it makes them taste horrible. Like I said before they go perfect with seafood sauce or Thousand Island dressing. We even make our own with mayo a tad of salad cream and a blob of tomatoes ketchup. It does taste slightly different but really does do the job. These are also fab for mixing into a white wine and seafood pasta. This really does taste delicious. They are great for a snack or to have as part of a main meal. Overall i think these are very tasty and really do have a kick to them.
I love to have seafood sticks as snack, it's low in calorie and has some satisfying flavours, and yummy as well. The same as many other Tesco Value products, this one has usual name & information and a read uniformed packaging colour and a small clear window in on the plastic outer wrap, through which you can see the seafood sticks (as in the picture above) There are 16 sticks in a pack which costs only 68p. The seafood sticks look pretty nice with the white fish and the pink colouring on top. Each of them is wrapped individually in a sheet of plastic wrap, this covers only the body of the stick, not the ends, as many other seafood sticks. The sticks are made from something called "Surimi", originated from Asia, and basically means minced seafood, which is then rinsed numerous times to eliminate undesirable odors. The result is beaten and pulverized to form a gelatinous paste. There is nothing unusual about it as I am from Asia and I understand it well. My mom often makes surimi at home and it is very delicious. So the ingredients aren't very clear, but you can't expect something so cheap to be made out of fresh crabs or prawns,... or something expensive. However, the taste is still good. I must say the sticks don't have much flavour, but we can tell they are made from seafood. The taste is pretty nice. The texture is very slightly rubbery and a tad limy. Other more expensive brands are more solid and chewy and have more flavours, but at 68p, I can't complain anything. A very good snack indeed, 100g contains 120 calories and 2g of fat. They however contain high levels of salt - 1.2g. You can eat them together with salads or just taste good eating alone. They are pretty addictive, in my opinion. Overall, they are good value and definitely worth trying if you like something seafoody.
Lurking in the fish section (and usually quite well hidden) the elusive value seafood stick dwells. At 68p for 16 ready to eat sticks (250g) this is a bargain snack for anyone who likes fishy things. In a slightly posher pack than the general value look - these sticks are in an ivory/cream coloured pack with a pretty photo on, these are the cheapest seafood sticks that Tesco's has to offer. Not that that says much, my local Tesco only stocks two different types! Once unwrapped, as you would expect these seafood sticks look like...well, seafood sticks! Half red and half white sticks of surimi fish protein with added crab flavouring (Don't they just sound delicious when you describe them like that?). So out of the packet these look no different to the seafood sticks made by Young's for instance - very useful to know if you live with brand snobs as you can take these out of the outer wrapper and keep them in the fridge in the inner plastic wrapper and they won't be any the wiser! Taste-wise, these are good - they taste like seafood sticks should. However they do seem to have a slightly more salty taste than most...which if you look at the nutritional information is easily explained as one quarter of a pack (4 sticks) contains a fairly hefty 12% of your recommended daily salt intake. So if you happen to be on a low salt diet for any reason these probably aren't something you will want to snack on too often. Nutrition-wise these are actually pretty good other than the salt, especially at only 1% of your recommended daily allowance of saturated fat and 75 calories per 4 sticks. These are also a surprisingly filling snack, which is always good as if you've stopped your snacking with 4 of these then you aren't going to shove 40 jaffa cakes down your throat (Well perhaps you will but you'll probably have one hell of a stomach ache after and possibly need a doctor). These can also be used to make a meal more filling - sliced up and added to sandwiches, pasta, salad and jacket potatoes these protein filled sticks of fishiness are a great standby item to have in the fridge. So these are: -Tasty -Healthy (Except possibly the salt content) -Versatile -Cheap -Look no different to more expensive brands What more can I say other than that I have a slight addiction to these and think that they are great. The only problem is trying not to eat an entire pack in one go.
I adore most fish, there actually aren't many types that I won't eat and I'm no snob when it comes to fish as this one food where you can tell from the appearance and smell whether it's suitable for eating so am happy to try the various Value fresh fish products in the supermarket. After being impressed with Tesco Value salmon fillets (wonderful fish if you don't mind the strange shapes), Sainsbury's Basics smoked salmon trimmings (they look awful but taste great) and Asda Smart Price Breaded Pollock (very tasty indeed with tartare sauce) I decided to pick up a packet of Tesco Value Seafood Sticks. For 68p you get 16 seafood sticks, which are slightly smaller than their more expensive counterparts but look plump, brightly coloured and very pleasing to the eye when piled onto a plate. Unfortunately however nice they look, the flavour of these is sadly lacking. These seafood sticks are extremely bland and there is very little crab flavour to them; of course despite the fact that seafood sticks are commonly referred to as crab sticks, they actually only contain crab extract and are made with surimi which is a blend of several different types of white fish. Whereas most other seafood sticks are flavoured to make you believe you are eating crab, these Value ones just tasty generally 'fishy' - and not in a particularly good way! They don't have the fresh, moist flavour of other seafood sticks and even though they don't actually taste stale they have an odd dry flavour that isn't pleasant at all in my opinion. The texture of them isn't dry, the experience of these is a contradiction of terms because the texture of them is wet and juicy but the actual flavour of them is somewhat dry and hollow. Even sprinkled with a little vinegar (as I sometimes do) this didn't make them taste any better and simply served to completely mask the already very delicate flavour of the seafood sticks. I wasn't impressed with the texture either as they seem a little slimier than the fresh seafood sticks I usually buy. This isn't the sliminess which usually indicates that the seafood sticks are about to go off, it's just a poor texture which indicated to me instantly that I was eating a very bad quality fish product. I simply didn't like these seafood sticks at all. I even tried dressing a few in a rich Marie Rose sauce to give them a bit of flavour but even this didn't work and actually just emphasised the poor quality and lack of flavour in the sticks themselves. Considering the smaller size of these I doubt you would be saving a lot of money in reality by buying these instead of the next brand level up (Tesco's own Seafood Sticks priced at £1.01 for 12 larger sticks) and you will certainly notice the difference in flavour and texture.
'Crab' sticks, as I shall incorrectly refer to are one of those things I used to eat on the beach in Cornwall when I was 10 and then forgot about until 10 past midnight a few weeks ago, whilst wandering around Tesco's trying to find something to entertain me. These are in fact not made out of crab. They do not even have a tiny bit of crab in them, they are made out of 'Surimi protein' and therefore aptly called Seafood sticks. This however does not bother me as they are yummy all the same! They come in a 250g pack which is equivalent to 16 sticks. The pack itself is cream in colour featuring some delicious looking seafood sticks draped across green salad leaves, the Tesco Value logo and the appetising description - 'Crab flavour surimi fish protein with added water and starch.' Yum. The sticks themselves are wrapped in individual plastic wrappers which can be quite pesky if you eat say half the packet at once (oops!) as you are left with a pile of litter. The sticks are white in colour and are pink on top. As they contain no real crab I can only assume this is artificial colouring which isn't a very appetising thought but they have to look authentic! Surimi is a popular food item in Japan and Asia, - it's made by grounding white fish such as Pollock or Hake into a white paste and then becomes rubbery when cooked. This is definitely how I would describe the texture of a crab stick, slightly rubbery but this isn't a bad thing, they are also quite soft and flaky. A lot of people complain that the value poultry and fish products have added water but I find that an advantage with these. Other more expensive brands are more solid and too chewy. The taste is very subtle, you can definitely taste a hint of fish but it's not overwhelming. They are one of those foods that are very addictive - you eat one and then can't help but reach for another! They are very healthy which is one of the main reasons I like them so much, they are something I can snack on throughout the day without worrying about the calories. 100g contains 120 calories and 2g of fat. They unfortunately contain high levels of salt - 1.2g. The ingredients as listed on the packet are - Water, Surimi (35%) (Fish; Sorbitol; Sugar; Polyphosphate), Wheat Starch, Sugar, Crab Flavouring (Crab Flavour; Dimethyl Sulfide; Sorbitol; Ethyl Alcohol; Propylene Glycol), Salt, Palm Oil, Cellulose, Phosphates (Tetrasodium Diphosphate, Pentasodium Triphosphate), Colours (Cochineal, Annatto). A 250g pack containing 16 sticks costs 68p which I think is a bargain - a definite thumbs up from me!
I think I should be born in Japan or at least I should move there as soon as possible; I just love eating fish, be it steamed, grilled or raw. Sushi and sashimi is my big passion and you can find me several times a week buying little sushi kits for lunch. Unfortunately readymade sushi is incredibly expensive and flights to Japan even more. So the only alternative for me is preparing my own sushi, which might sound hard but is incredibly easy and can be lots of fun. What you need is glutinous rice, nori algae, fish of your liking and lots of fantasy. My favourite sushi is with seafood sticks on top and wrapped in dried nori algae; and thanks to Tesco I finally found an affordable crab stick version. The seafood sticks come in a 250g pack; the sticks are individually wrapped and packed in a sealed bag. They are made from surimi which is a mix of white fish and sugar. I'm not so happy that they don't tell you exactly (or at least roughly) which types of fish were used. Apart from the surimi the sticks also contain wheat starch, egg, oil, soya protein and rice wine. The seafood sticks look very nice with the perfectly white fish and the brightly pink colouring on top. They do look and feel a bit rubbery but are very soft and pleasant to eat. The taste is a bit difficult to describe, not very fishy and more like cooked crab meat, definitely not a strong flavour. Surimi is actually a cheap substitute of crab meat which explains the colouring of the seafood sticks. Don't expect it to taste of real fish, it's a lot softer taste and even fish-haters normally like the seafood sticks. For such a tasty snack they are very healthy, 100g contain only 120 calories, 5.3g sugar and 2g fat. They do, however, have quite high salt levels with 1.2g which is almost 30% of your GDA. I'm also reviewing the Perfect Catch Seafood Sticks which come in a pack of 9 sticks (150g) for 1pound. I really cannot taste or see any difference between these and the Value version, yet I have to admit that the Value version feels a bit softer and contains less surimi - only 35% compared to 44% with the Perfect Catch version. Still, I wouldn't taste any difference and would buy the Value product every time again. 68 pence for 250g, that's around 20 sticks - is the cheapest I've ever found so far; they taste good and there's no real difference when you compare it to a more expensive product! Very tasty and highly recommendable!