Annie Chun’s Sushi Wraps

Annie Chun’s Sushi Wraps

I Paid: $4.19 for an 8.1-ounce kit (prices may vary by region)

Taste: 4 stars

Marketing: 1 stars

We’ve been schooled, not entirely without reason, to view sushi as a sacred delicacy prepared by expert chefs using only the finest and freshest ingredients. Therefore, Annie Chun’s Sushi Wraps kit—a microwave-it-yourself bowl of sushi rice, a packet of soy sauce, and 12 nori strips—seems heretical.

The kits themselves pound home how off-message the concept is. The back of the box for the Sticky White Rice kit features some reasonable roll choices (cucumber, salmon, avocado) and then segues into rolls including “cheese & pesto,” “egg & bacon,” sausage, and turkey. Not expecting much, I grabbed a cucumber and an avocado, fired up the microwave, and heated up the rice.

Assembly was easier than I’d feared. The act of spooning the heated rice onto the nori and inserting the avocado and/or cucumber pieces was simple enough. The rolls looked mashed up and amateurish (more a knock on the uncoordinated chef than the kit), but they weren’t disastrous. And as for flavor: not bad at all. The rice was both tender and properly sticky, the nori was nori, and the fresh market-bought veggies were better than many of the equivalent rolls that pop up at grocery stores or pan-Asian buffets. World-class sushi, no. Edible sushi, yes. Easy as hell, also yes. The one minor hitch was that the rice got really hot in the microwave and stayed really hot for a while—letting it cool down a bit is key.

So, yes: Sausage is an option, as is peanut butter. But if you stick to something classic and buy fresh veggies or good fish, Annie Chun’s Sushi Wraps are a surprisingly enjoyable simulation of the real deal.

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