A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published September 26th 2016
Did someone say vegan sushi?
Ever heard of vegan sushi? A farfetched concept, I know. Reinventing the traditional Japanese rice-rolls we all know and love may sound like a risky move, especially when it involves replacing the protein entirely with plants. Fortunately for Superfood Sushi in Newtown, they've pulled it off!
Assortment of vegan sushi
When we typically see these bite-size pieces doing the rounds on the sushi train, there's a piece of salmon or some other form of meat with a bed of white rice. At Superfood Sushi this is replaced with what's probably the closest representation to real meat I've tried to date - faux meat. This is made of soy and textured vegetable protein, and is what makes up ingredients like the Teriyaki Chick'n.
Chart found on the wall in the restaurant - image from Instagram: @superfoodsushi
For more nutritional value, veggies and in some cases, fruits, are packed into these dishes. Additionally, brown and black rice sits in place of white. A colourful list of nutrient-dense ingredients that are incorporated into the food is on the wall in the restaurant for your reference.
I was keen to see and taste for myself the variety of ways these superfoods have been used so I went for the assorted box. Included was a modern, vegan take on the Teriyaki Chick'n and avo roll. With a stringy but tender texture, and an overlaying flavour of salt, they did well in mimicking the experience of genuinely eating this poultry product.
Each of these are handmade to order and include zero refined sugar. The Magic Mushroom roll was delicious. It had garlic and plum wine soaked Portobello mushroom and was topped with fresh Shiitake mushrooms and chives. The tofu pocket had a fresh natural sweetness to it, as did the 'seafruit' sushi.
My friend went for the sushi burger. Yes, a sushi burger, for even more of a novel take on this Japanese food. Sandwiched between patties of brown rice and sesame seed, was the faux chicken layered with creamy mayonnaise and a beautiful, crisp assortment of veggies.
By checking in on Facebook, we were treated to unlimited free bowls of the steamy, rather addictive Miso Soup. Drinks include healthy alternatives such as coconut water, with a similar case applying to desserts and snacks - such as the Matcha Balls, made from a mix of exotic ingredients such as Matcha powder (green tea), coconut, almond, Maple syrup and Himalayan Salt.
Colourful, organic, healthy and wholesome. The list of adjectives for this innovative Newtown-based sushi restaurant could go on. Go check it out and see just how this traditional cuisine has been turned on its head. Superfood Sushi is open on Tues - Sun 11am–9pm, and can be found at 69-77 King Street.