I was invited to NudoSushiBox press dinner with Echo PR a few weeks ago. As it says 'sushi box', my dinner for the night was a full set of sushi boxes included the Japanese dessert, Matcha (抹茶) pudding. I have been invited to several press dinners and restaurant reviews, but I can say that dinner at NudoShushiBox was one of the nights that I knew exactly everything I was eating. Since I lived in Asia, and Bangkok, Thailand is my hometown, Thai and Japanese foods were the most familiar dishes I had all the time. In fact, I have always wanted to taste the Asian sensation in the UK, however, there are a lot of restaurants that made me say WTF with their so-called authentic foods. Living in Manchester, I have received a lot of curiosities from my friends if I could taste that Nippon taste on my tongue.
I am a fan of Japanese food, as well as, yummy dessert, which is so hard to find outside the Asia. I believe that Japanese food is one of the healthy selections we swallow. The proportions of fat and carb (not including deep fried stuff) are less than any other western foods, and that is why there are a lot of people recommend to consume Japanese food during the diet period. However, if any of you are going to eat the sushi, especially the raw fish, you have to be careful about the quality of the food because it can make you ill. I was sent to the hospital once when I ate Sashimi at even one of the fine dining restaurants where everyone hypes about. Not a great feeling when I lost 2 kg. in one night. Anyway, I can say that the sushi quality at NudoSushiBox are safe and clean.
WHAT DID I EAT?
First of all, I am very picky about food since my stomach is really sensitive. I am not a fan of cold food that much since I am not sure whether it is clean or not. My obsession habit is to put everything in a microwave before eating. However, these sushi boxes can be another great option for those who are in a hurry, or want to try something different as well!
For the appetizer, I had Gyoza (fried Dumpling) served with Miso or Misoshiru soup. The sauce was not the normal Gyoza sauce, instead it tasted quite sweet, and I really liked it! My most favourite box of the night was the 'seared salmon nigiri' glazed with a sweet sauce on top. I really enjoyed eating it because the sauce was really elevating the taste of the fish. Though the rice was quite thick, I really loved it more than the California set box.
I LOVE everything green tea, therefor this Matcha pudding was really good. There were two pudding styles; 1) Strong Matcha Pudding 2) Creamy Matcha Pudding. If you love it sweet, then the creamy one might be the choice, but if you love the real taste of the strong tea, then the first option will make you happy. The dessert menu was not just the pudding only, but it was served with the Fortune Cookie, as well as, Dorayaki. If you read Doraemon, the world's renowned Japanese cartoon, you will automatically know what the Dorayaki is. It is the Japanese pancake style with the red bean filled in the middle. I have always enjoyed eating it since I was a little, so it was good to know that there's something like this in Manchester too!
I almost forgot mentioning that the drink I had was the 'kome (米) tea' or Rice tea in Japanese! The scent of the tea may or may not a bit strong for some of you who haven't had this type of Asian tea before. However, it is a good drink for health :)