“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
As a sushi lover, I could easily spend far too much money on buying it from japanese restaurants and sushi takeaways. Thankfully in recent years lots of the supermarkets have started selling packs of fresh sushi alongside their sandwiches and packs of fresh fruit, its become a popular option for a healthy lunch for lots of workers and you can see people queuing to get theirs at midday every weekday!
Obviously, supermarket sushi is never going to be as good as sushi from an actual Japanese restaurant where its made fresh before you when you order it. For one thing, the supermarkets can't use any raw fish for food hygiene and storage reasons so everything is cooked. Supermarket sushi is still a good way to get a fix though, and in my opinion Tesco's is the nicest, even better than the more expensive stuff from M&S and Waitrose.
There are a variety of different packs available, with combinations of vegetable, salmon, prawn, tuna and egg in differing quantities. The smallest packs are only £1 and great for a quick snack, while a large box that will easily fill you up for the afternoon until teatime is £3 or £4. Its a bit more expensive than a sandwich but its not as boring and usually a bit healthier too.
Tesco sushi comes in a plastic box, the Sushi sits in a black lower tray with a clear lid so you can see what you're getting. Small packets of soy sauce and wasabi are included and in the bigger packs you also get some pickled ginger and a pair of mini chopsticks. I think the packs of soy sauce could be a lot bigger, as I always seem to run out before I've finished all the sushi, but that's really the only complaint with the condiments. The black plastic tray has a little moulded dish where you can mix the soy and wasabi.
So I think everybody should try Tesco sushi, if you're a sushi fan its a great way to get your fix (relatively) cheaply and conveniently and if you haven't tried sushi before its a gentle introduction with milder flavours and no raw fish to worry about!
I had always been a bit put off by sushi as I always thought it contained raw fish. I was browsing through the sandwich ailse in Tesco and was suprised to see a sushi pack which was labeled as chicken and vegetable sushi and a statement on the front saying that it 'contained no raw fish'. So curious I bought a pack to try. I have since found out that sushi actually means 'vinegared rice'
The packet contains 148g of sushi and costs £1.60.
The sushi comes in a small box with a see through lid. Through this you can see 3 larger rolls and 3 smaller rolls of sushi. There is also a small bottle of soy sauce which is shaped like a fish with a screw lid so you can use as little or as much as you like. The larger sushi rolls are surrounded by rice with a thin layer of seaweed on the inside and are finally filled with the chicken. The smaller of the rolls are a single vegetable there are two cucumber and one pepper, they are surrounded by a layer of rice and then finally an outer layer of seaweed. I tasted the vegetable rolls first they were really tasty, they had a slight vinegared taste to them and the veg was seasoned really well. The larger of the rolls were really delicious they contained a mixture of spicy chicken and some seasoning, I expected the rice around the outside to fall apart but it didn't! all of the rolls tasted really nice with the soy sauce on them.
I was also suprised at how low in fat this option was compared to sandwiches and wraps per packet the sushi contains;
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I was so impressed with this packet I decided to try the prawn, tuna and vegetable selection too. This has now become my firm favourite, as above the vegetable rolls are the same, but in this packet you get three larger rolls one containing a prawn and mayonnaise mixture and two containing tuna and mayonnaise. The fish option is really good for those who are against the raw fish element of sushi as it gives you all the flavour but the fish is actually cooked a bonus for me. I now buy this all the time as it is so cheap and healthy it makes a great lunch option. It is also really filling and the rice keeps you going longer than a fattening sandwich.
Tesco provide plenty of pre-packaged lunch items including sandwiches, wraps, pasta, and now several types of sushi. These are great for being on-the-go and some are included as part of a meal deal where you can choose a sushi pack, crisps, and a drink all for the cost of £2.
There are several selections available including:
Salmon and vegetable sushi - 142g - £1.30*
Prawn, tuna and vegetable sushi - 142g - £1.30*
Chicken and vegetable sushi - 147g - £1.30*
Salmon and tuna sushi - 143g - £2.00
Fish and vegetable sushi selection - 151g - £2.00
Fish sushi medium selection - 222g - £3.00
*included in £2 meal deal
I recently sampled the salmon and vegetable sushi, attracted by the cheap price and wanting something different for my lunch. It is packed in a small plastic container that flips open, and the sushi is arranged very attractively by filling. There were 2 California rolls filled with salmon and small cuts of vegetable, and coated with sesame seeds. The pack also contained 6 smaller nori sushi rolls; 2 red pepper, 2 yellow pepper, and 2 cucumber. There is also a small re-sealable bottle of soy sauce in the shape of a fish which is really cute :) For some reason Tesco have overlooked the fact that you may not have your own pair of chopsticks on you when purchasing this handy snack, and there are not utensils provided. You'll have to use your fingers or come prepared.
Sushi is a healthy eating option as it is very low in fat and contains freshly prepared ingredients. In this case, Tesco have opted to use smoked salmon instead of raw fish, and there is a stamp on the label advising you of this. It would make a good introduction to someone who has not tried sushi before and is worried about eating raw fish, or is good for those who may not be able to refrigerate the item soon after purchasing.
I've eaten a fair amount of sushi and my favourite local restaurant specialises in Japanese cuisine, so I will try and judge these fairly. As an item that is mass produced for a national supermarket, I think these are of good quality. The rice is sticky and flavoursome and the ingredients are crunchy and fresh. The little nori-wrapped rolls go down very quickly and do not have much flavour on their own, although they are pleasant to taste and have a good firm texture. The California rolls were delicious, and I was pleased to find that they had quite a bite! The flavour of the rice was sharp and strong, but without overpowering the fish and vegetables.
All in all, this isn't very filling and I would recommend going for a bigger pack if you are having this as your entire lunch meal. For the price it is an absolute bargain and I am pretty impressed that Tesco's have come up with such a nice, authentic tasting item for a low cost. It's nice to enjoy sushi without paying over the odds for it, although I suppose that not using raw fish helps lower costs as it makes the food easier to prepare. I would definitely buy sushi from Tesco again in the future, but I want a bigger portion!
There are quite a lot of ingredients for such small but perfectly formed snacks!
Rice (78%), Cucumber, Smoked Salmon (4.5%), Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper, Soy Sauce, Mayonnaise, Seaweed, Sesame Seed, Chilli Sauce, Wasabi Powder.
Rice contains: Water, Rice, Sugar, Spirit Vinegar, Rice Vinegar, Vegetable Oil, Salt.
Soy Sauce contains: Water, Soya Bean, Wheat, Salt.
Mayonnaise contains: Vegetable Oil, Egg, Water, Vinegar, Sugar, Salt.
Chilli Sauce contains: Water, Fructose, Red Chilli Purée, Garlic Purée, Distilled Malt Vinegar, Cornflour, Salt, Dried Garlic, Chilli, Paprika Extract.
Wasabi Powder contains: Horseradish, Mustard Seed.
Nutrition Values - Each pack (142g) contains:
Energy 883kJ (208kcal)
Mono Unsaturates 1.3g
*Salt Equivalent 1.3g
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What is it?
Some sushi by Tesco!
This particular pack is the Salmon and Tuna selection of Sushi.
What do I think?
This particular pack is the Salmon and Tuna selection pack. It contain nine little sushi rolls and two much larger ones. The larger ones contains actual raw salmon with a small cut of pepper and cucumber. The smaller ones contain a very small portion of tuna or I think it's some kind of chopped up cooked salmon, all wrapped with a small cut of cucumber or cucumber.
I think this particular selection is great, as it contains a selection of rice rolls with raw salmon, I cannot imagine eating any Japanese food without having some raw salmon. The rice rolls taste surprisingly fresh and moist, and can almost meet up to the standards of a sushi restaurant. The taste is generally a little bland, and I think this is the same everywhere you go, but there is always a small portion of soya sauce if you ever need it.
The selection is relatively new, so isn't included in the Tesco 'Meal Deal' promotions, but costing £2 on its own, it's fairly good value, particularly because it contains fish and salmon and not just vegetable like other cheaper selections. Quantity wise, the selection will probably be enough for someone who was after a light lunch, I'm not exactly a big eater, but even I found the portions a bit small, leaving me feeling hungry! It's quite good to have this on a summer day as it's quite light food, it's also very convenient and non-messy, but for those who are worried about the raw fish - just pour some hot chilli sauce over it and you'll be fine!
Thanks for reading.
I have been addicted to Tesco's sushi packs for a long while now. Originally it started when I started my new job and I was getting sick of the idea of sandwiches for lunch again. I was quite surprised one morning when I went into Tesco on my way to work, they were selling sushi and at 6.00am they had the small four packs reduced to 69p.
I have had sushi many a time at japanese restaurants and was intrigued by the flavours, it's an aquired taste, you either love it or you hate it - a Marmite scenario if you will.
At lunch time I sat at my desk with my sushi, ploughing through my work load. A word of warning, sushi does tend to have a very fishy smell so do expect some comments if you eat at your desk. For me a good sushi should be fresh, have a solid grainy texture with fresh tasting veg and flavoursome fish. I can happily say this was the case.
I was surprised at how filling and satisfying the four small pieces of sushi were, and the pack was around 100 calories too. Compared to a sandwich that has extra salt, sugar, fats and goodness knows what else added this makes for a great alternative. The lowest calorie sandwich I could find was a ham sandwich which was 200 calories. However it's not about reducing your calorie intake, more to do with enjoying the food you eat, I can honestly say it makes a good healthy change from sandwiches and definately packs more flavour.
I have a eigt piece Tesco sushi pack for lunch today which contains six mini hosomakis (small suhi with veg ie cucumber, sweet peppers), one californian roll (containing salmon & cucumber) and one californian roll (containing salmon, cucumber and chilli). This rolls in at 208 calories per pack (10% guideline daily allowance) and costs £1.30. Bargain as it is very filling.
If you feel daring you can upgrade to the twelve piece that has a king prawn on a bed of rice wrapped lovingly with a piece of seaweed, and a giant slice of salmon on bed of rice. I'm not to keen on the bigger one as the smaller one fills me up enough.
Now I am on maternity leave, I still enjot these packs as a healthy alternative to snacking during the day. As a new mum it isn't always easy to find time to make a healthy nutritios meal and find myself often doing without most days. Having this in the fridge means I can grab a few pieces when I'm hungry without any mess, fuss or washing up.
Before trying Tesco Sushi I had never tried sushi before; most of the reason for this was simply that it wasn't readily available! Tesco have taken the much appreciated step of making a quick sushi snack a readily available possibility.
Tesco Sushi is available in various forms at various prices. The three types that I have seen (in shops and through research) are vegetable, chicken and the inevitable fish sushi. These are available in combinations with each other and in different sized packages at different prices. As I know the fish one best it is this that I shall be reviewing.
Smallest Pack - £1
This smallest pack contains 6 small vegetable rolls, two of each vegetable, with the seaweed on the outside and two big fish rolls with the seaweed on the inside. Of the two fish rolls, one contains prawn and the other tuna mayonnaise. As well as this you get a little fish shaped bottle of soy sauce.
For £1 you really can't go wrong; this is a healthy and surprisingly filling snack for just a little more than the cost of a chocolate bar. I always find that there is too much soy sauce, but if you don't want to use it then you don't have to. Highly recommended.
Middle sized pack - £3
This pack is a strange one; it's too big and filling for a snack, but not quite big and filling enough for tea or lunch. For this reason I reckon it's best enjoyed in two sittings, or alongside something else. You get more of the same as you do in the smaller box with this one, but with a few extras. These come in the form of two prawns, a piece of smoked salmon, an omelette concoction and sachets of pickled ginger and wasabi. You also get a pair of chopsticks to help you feel that little bit more authentic.
Large pack - £5
This one is like the medium sized pack in that it isn't really suited to a single meal, in this case being too much for a lunch, although possibly not a dinner. I'd recommend eating this with a few friends.
So in conclusion, Tesco offer a surprisingly tasty and high quality sushi experience that many would not have the chance to experience otherwise. The rich is of the right texture and taste, the other ingredients go down a treat and the little extras such as soy sauce and pickled ginger allow you to experiment with different flavours. For the price that they charge you really can't ask for more. Highly recommended.
I've always liked the idea of sushi, ...however the raw fish has always put me off and made me want to gag. I like fish but the texture and taste of raw is too much for me. I have tried a vegetable selection from Boots but wasnt too impressed so upon a wander of Tesco this afternoon the Chicken Suishi and the Tuna, Prawn & Veg Sushi caught my eye.
Now im not greedy, I just couldnt decided which one I fancied so I decided to pick and mix with the two selections with someone else.
The Tuna, Prawn & Veg selection contained 1 Tuna mayonaise and red pepper Californian roll, 1 Prawn mayonnaise and red pepper Californian roll, 2 Yellow Pepper hosomaki rolls, 2 Red pepper hosomaki rolls, 2 Cucumber hosomaki rolls, 1 bottle of Soy sauce. What I find most appealing about Sushi is the calorie content, which was only 212 for the whole pack. The taste was surprisingly really good too considering that it could be classed as a 'diet' food. I did find the pepper ones a little bland, but a squirt of soy sauce sorted this out, the tuna one was definately my favourite and would be happy to buy a pack just of these. All the veg had maintained its crunch hopefully showing its freshness. For this selection it was £1.30 which is reasonable if purchased for lunch whilst at work.
The second selection was the Chicken Sushi, I was slightly dubious about how chicken would taste wrapped in seaweed as I wouldnt never have match the two so went in tasting these with an open mind.
This pack contained 2 Chicken in Sweet Chilli sauce and red pepper Californian Rolls with a black sesame seed coating, 2 Chicken in Katsu Curry sauce Californian Rolls with a white sesame seed coating, 2 Cucumber Hosomaki rolls and 1 bottle of Soy sauce. Upon eating I now think I am a converted chicken sushi fan. You get all the sushi goodness without the raw fish to spoil it. The chicken was quite big chunks with plenty of flavour, maybe a little spicy for some but I like my food to have a bit of a kick to it. This has slightly more calories than the other pack, 240 but this is probably due to the meat content and could still be classed as a reasonably healthy lunch. As well as being higher in calories this one is aldso higher in price at £2, but still cheap when you think the average shop bought sandwich is about £3.
Overall both of these were of good quality, I definately prefer them to the Boots selection I have tried. The rice isnt too sticky or dry, the veg is crunchy, the flavourings strong and the meat in nice big chunks. The price is also very reasonable and considering its a healthier low fat alternative to other lunch options I will definately be buying again!!
I have had sushi from Tesco before, but it had only been a pack of 4 small pieces. I like sushi so was pleased to see a new sushi product - 'Salmon Snack'.
It states on the packaging 'NO RAW FISH' which I think is good because I hear a lot of people saying they don't want to eat sushi because it's raw fish. It is a small box, with a clear lid, measuring approx 11cm by 8cm. It is a good size to have in your bag for lunch, or a snack on the go.
The pack is 103g and contains:
* 1 smoked salmon, cucumber, red pepper and wasabi mayonnaise Californian roll with a white sesame seed coating
* 1 smoked salmon, cucumber and chilli sauce Californian roll with a black sesame seed coating
* 2 cucumber hosomakis
* 1 smoked salmon hosomaki
* 1 tiny bottle of soy sauce.
The Californian rolls are the ones that have the rice on the outside, and the hosomakis are the ones that have the rice on the inside and are rolled in seaweed.
I was really impressed with the flavours. The salmon came through quite strong, but without being overpowering. I also liked the different flavours of the Californian rolls, because they sometimes can be quite bland.
I wasn't sure if the amount of soy sauce would be enough but I used quite a lot and still had half a bottle left so it is quite surprising how much the bottle holds!
Each pack contains 165 calories, 4.7g sugar, 2.9g fat, 0.4g saturated fat, and 1.1g salt. Although this product contains quite a lot of salt (18% of your guideline daily amount) I think it makes a good, low fat, healthy snack.
I bought this for £1 in a Tesco Express, which I think is a very good price considering the quality of the food.
Dooyoo's review heading is for Tesco Sushi in general, which suggests a freedom to write about any of the popular supermarket's sushi products - therefore my review will focus on the 'Fish & Vegetable Sushi Selection', which retails at £2 for the 150g pack.
There is often debate about what 'sushi' actually is, with most people assuming the word means 'raw fish' (an opinion cheekily reinforced in my title) - however, 'sushi' is generally accepted as simply a name for vinegar rice when accompanied with assorted toppings. Infact, Tesco sushi doesn't contain raw fish anyway, so those of you who avoid eating raw food will be fine with this.
So what do you get in this particular selection?
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Well, for starters there's the 'Tuna, Red Pepper and Mayonnaise Californian Roll', and then there's the 'Carrot, Cucumber, Red Onion and Cream Cheese Californian Roll', there's also two king prawn Nigiri's, two 'Red Pepper Hosomaki Rolls', a 'Smoked Salmon Nigiri', and an 'Egg Omelette Nigiri'.
If you're wondering what a 'Nigiri' is, its basically a mound of pressed sushi rice, with a topping of fish draped over it.
In terms of value for money, the selection is excellent, and not only do you get the food, but also a set of chopsticks, soy-sauce in an ultra-cute squeezy fish shaped container, a pack of wasabi (a Japanese condiment similar to horseradish), and a pack of ginger to clean the palatte between each delicacy - not bad!
So how does it taste?
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...Surprisingly good infact - the rice especially is of a perfect consistency and tastes fantastic. The general presentation is also spot-on, with the rice being very neatly shaped, and vegetables used to add colour to the selection.
For a quick lunchtime snack with a taste of the Orient, Tesco sushi makes for a great value and extremely tasty filler - highly recommended.
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Tesco Sushi Selection Pack......
A year ago the idea of eating sushi would probably have made me feel a little sick, I mean RAW FISH who would eat that! I usually like my fish nicely cooked and flaky not slimy and still alive. However as I had decided this is the year for trying new things and living life to the full I decided to give sushi a chance. Helping along this new challenge was the fact that I saw you could purchase a snack pack of sushi in Tesco for a mere £1!
So my first ever sushi experience was the beginning of this year and I haven't looked back. Tesco £1 snack sized pack was well worth trying as it gave me an idea of the taste of certain sushi rolls. Being ready made and fresh is very convenient for me as I tend to have lunch on the go. The Tesco range is by the far best around (as Morrison's near me only stock large packs occasionally though did say they would order me in some if I liked. Plus Marks and Spencer is too far away to go for just a packet of sushi!).
The selection is Tesco is very good too. They offer smaller packets for £1 then the packs go up in size and price so there is a £2, £3, £4 and £5. The largest £5 pack is really if you were going to be having a party with a few people and is not something that you could eat on your own and it doesn't keep well so really has to be eaten within two days. Not only do they do different size and price variations, they also do a vegetarian option where no fish at all is contained. Other options include a fish one but not raw as in smoked salmon or tuna mayonnaise. There is a raw fish pack that I have tried on one occasion and I must say I feel more of a junior sushi eater as I much prefer either the vegetarian or un-raw fish variety.
One main factor that drew me into eating sushi in the first place was that I read in several magazines that celebrities were eating it in order to maintain a low body weight because it is just so low in saturated fats. I usually will opt for a £2 sized sushi pack and this is for me eating at work at lunch. This usually has around 250 calories and 3 grams of fat and only 0.8grams of saturated fat. Of course this depends which £2 selection I have bought as they do a few different ones.
My favourite one is the nigri selection pack as this contains strips of smoked salmon laid upon small block rectangles of the sushi rice. Along with the salmon you get king prawn and an egg omelet one which are all very tasty. In the £2 boxes you get a small fish shaped bottle containing just enough soy sauce and putting this on the sushi pieces is usually very tasty.
Other sushi packets contain the rolls where the sushi rice is wrapped in seaweed type wrapping. This always sounded horrible but in actual fact apart from being slightly salty is very nice and I have heard it contains lots of antioxidants that are also very good for you. These seaweed wrapper rice parcels often have either a piece of pepper of cucumber in the centre to give it an added but of juice, flavour and crunch.
All in all, I would say that the Tesco Sushi Selections are wonderful. They have such a vast range to suit different budgets and different tastes that it is well worth trying if you have never tried before because for £1 there isn't much to loose. I would also recommend them to people who are trying to loose weight as they are tasty, filling and more or less fat free.
There are so many good points to Tesco's Sushi that I have come to the conclusion that for me there are no draw backs. The only possible one would be that they don't keep for very long as they use by date is always within two days but then this draw back is evened out by the fact that fresh produce has been used thus making the sushi better for you generally as there are no hidden preservatives.
Tesco Sushi is all round a winner in my books and I will continue to eat it for as long as it is available and as long as I am enjoying it. A product well worthy of a fabulous five star rating and a very high recommendation!
Oh P.S you will find this product by the pre-packed sandwiches and the like so don't go looking for it in the fish section! I would highly recommend everyone trying it even if you think you won't like it and you may well be surprised!
Oh and P.P.S I also tried buying all the ingredients to make my own sushi as Tesco also sell all the ingredients needed but found this to be time consuming, tricky and not as tasty as the ready made stuff.
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.