Frozen Shrimp and Avocado Sushi Roll a la Aldi

This is, without a doubt, the oddest product I think I've come across at Aldi. It's a shrimp and avocado sushi roll that comes frozen. I have to say I'm kind of scared for my life. I'm adventurous, of course, which should be a given considering I'm consuming frozen sushi. It comes under Aldi's "Fusia" brand, I guess a portmanteau of "Fusion" and "Asia".

It has the weirdest instructions. You can thaw it by microwave, room temperature, or water bath. DO NOT THAW IN REFRIGERATOR it says in bold italics at the top.

If time is of the essence, you can use the microwave - 20s, flip, then another 20s. If there's still ice, 15s increments. Wait for 2 minutes and consume.

You can cover and thaw for 2 hours at room temperature.

Or finally, my chosen method: Submerge sealed tray in cold water for 30 minutes.

Now... there's a little problem so far - the sealed tray is full of air, so it floats in my water bath. I'm not sure if that's what they meant when they said "submerge", or if they were expecting you to stick a brick on it.

Me? I chose a couple of heavier pots that could push it down. Now it's time to wait for 30m.

Some time passes.

Well. I can honestly say that went just about as well as I expected. Maybe a little worse.

The biggest problem is that some of the sushi was still basically frozen. The top kind of thawed out, but everything on the bottom was pretty frozen. I think that maybe just leaving it in the water bath would have made it OK. But in reality, I think the microwave approach would be the only one that was any good. Or leave it out on the counter for 2 hours. I tried sticking some in a toaster oven to continue the thaw, but that didn't work so well, and even microwaving it later was... well, it kind of left hot spots.

It was actually not terrible sushi - it was like a slightly worse version of the discount sushi you can get at Walmart. Calling it sushi kind of feels like calling McDonald's "cuisine". It doesn't seem like something that anyone would do.

Bottom line, I don't know if I will ever buy it again - maybe if I'm feeling adventurous or suicidal or something. But it wasn't the worst sushi I've ever had. It just wasn't actually good. If you love sushi and you want to try something different, why not? Otherwise you shouldn't eat that and assume you don't like sushi. That's like eating a McRib and thinking that you don't like BBQ ribs.

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