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KawaiiBox Adventures - DIY Sushi

The following delightful item came in my latest KawaiiBox shipment, a box of candy sushi, how nice! Complete with animal friends! (and a squid???)

 

Cute, until I turned it over and saw THIS:

 

Oh goody, a DO IT YOURSELF candy sushi kit. My two year study of the Japanese language has allowed me to learn a total of 6 katakana characters, so actually using the directions was out of the question. But luckily, two of those characters are Mi and Zu - which I found in spades on the box.

 

Looks like we have a just add water situation here people. So let s take a look at the tools at our disposal:

 

At little overwhelming...at first. However, everything is color coded, so we start with the light blue - the rice for our sushi, slated for slot 1.

 

So let s see what happens when we add water, and...

 

Huh, looks like sushi rice. So far so good.

If you look closely, you can see that the two skinny rows have textures in them, one that looks to me like tamago roll (egg) and one that looks like tuna. So with full trust in the color coding ability of the Japanese, we go for it.

 

Starting with the egg, I would like to note everything in this kit was a white powder until water was added, leading to creepy images like the one above.

Finally, our sushi toppings are ready:

 

At this point, the rice is pretty much the same, but the yellow and red appear to be congealing into a gummy like texture - making me glad I did not inhale any of it during the process.

Now for the seaweed.

 

Take a Tootsie roll, squish it, and...

 

There we go!

The next step is where I expect things to go bad. Roe.

 

At this point, we got A and B, making the set up about as easy as it can be. My concern here is amount of water, so I do what I always do - guess.

 

"A" dissolved instantly in the water while "B" started to set up like the others. Trusting again solely in the pictorial direction, we get to work.

 

 

And surprisingly, it's pretty easy. "A" must be some kind of binder, as drops of "B" form perfect beads when dropped in. BAM! Instants gelatin roe.

At this stage, we had one package and one tray left, so in it goes!

 

I think this is meant to represent the topping you can sprinkle on sushi, but I never use that stuff in real life, not starting now.

So put it all together and voila!

 

Roe Sushi!

 

Tamago Sushi!

 

Tuna (salmon?) Sushi!

So overall, it works as advertised, much to my surprise. And the taste? It has a certain, oh, how should I express it...it tasted like library paste.

And the topping was dehydrated sour patch kids mixed with evil.

But hey, half the fun it getting there right?

 

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Reader Comments (7)

This is awesome, Bob! Glad you enjoyed the candy sushi! :D

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

Great review! I'm glad you did this so I don't have to. ;D

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Now that is weird... I've never seen anything like that in the shops here, but will be sure to buy it if I do! Great post.

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