I do adore sushi. It always makes for a satisfying lunch. If I had to choose to eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be…well, toasties obviously…but if there were some kind of drastic global shortage of white sandwich bread, then I would happily make do with sushi for the rest of eternity. However, I think we can take this lunch to a whole new level. Call me a perfectionist if you will, but I think there’s always room for improvement. And by ‘improvement’, obviously I mean ‘toasting’. What would happen if we take these two epic food genres and combine them to create something hitherto unknown to humankind? Will lunch ever be the same again?
I have to admit to a sense of anxiety, as I don’t want to end up ruining perfectly good sushi in pursuit of a reckless vision. However these questions must be answered! I ventured forth to the local sushi joint and obtained a combo as I felt this experiment would suit a mixture of different sushi.
Upon constructing the toastie I found that four pieces of sushi fitted perfectly symmetrically on the bread. Symmetry always pleases me and I felt this to be a good omen.
I then added all the accoutrements that came with the sushi – garnishing with ginger.
Whacking on some wasabi.
And adding a smattering of soy sauce.
Then, top with the final layer of bread. A solidly constructed sandwich truly is a thing of beauty.
And this *is* a solid sandwich. So solid it took much longer to cook than usual. If you are considering reconstructing this experiment in your own home or workplace, I advise taking this into account and planning accordingly if you have short lunch breaks or a particularly nosey boss who has suspicions about your continuous use of the toastie maker.
It’s worth the wait though, is it just me or are these innards simply mesmerising? So much detail!
It’s like a diorama about the secret life of sushi. I could stare at it for hours.
That is until I’m distracted by the cross-section. It’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. Phwoar.
Okay, enough voyeurism. How does it taste?
SWEET MOTHER OF SANDWICH BREAD.
This is the most satisfying sandwich you could ever hope to encounter. The sushi is nicely warmed through, the bread is crunchy and provides a conveniently stable shell so you could easily eat this on the go. Every mouthful is different, sometimes salmon, sometimes rice, sometimes the weird tofu thing, but always delicious. The wasabi, ginger, and soy are all noticeable and add depth to the flavours. It is quite simply delicious.
OFFICIAL TOASTIE PROJECT RATING:
Toastability – 5/5. Making this is almost too easy. Four of the round things go in between two of the square things. Don’t forget to add everything else that came in the packets, and then cook for about five minutes. No leakage and nothing that’s going to burn your tongue upon consumption. Perfect.
Taste – 5/5. This is such a warm and comforting toastie. A triumph of carbohydrates. A blissful union of two independently wondrous foodstuffs. Toasties and sushi = made for each other. Who knew?