I’ve bought grocery store sushi several times in the past, but I never could figure out why it taste weird. Don’t get me wrong — it’s decent, but it’s not like what you would get at a sushi restaurant.
Even if there’s people making the sushi right then and there, it’s still not exact. I bought the brown rice 9-piece Dragon Roll that would normally cost $12-15 in a restaurant, but at the grocery store, cost only $9-10. So while it’s cheaper, what’s the deal?
I’ve come up with two ideas on why it taste strange:
- Temperature — I’m sure they have to do that for health law reasons, but the fish is always colder than you’d get at a restaurant.
- Additives/preservatives — While I was eating my sushi, I happened to start reading the ingredients list. It was quite long with a lot of “stuff” added from various food dyes to preservatives. Oh, and the wasabi? It’s fake wasabi…
Do you have other thoughts/ideas?