Meet the Sushi Donut, the Latest Food Hybrid That's Forcing Us to Ask Why

Meet the Sushi Donut, the Latest Food Hybrid That's Forcing Us to Ask Why

Is the latest food union headed to the altar or to divorce court? 

By Drew DiSabatino

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” That's the moral telling-off Jeff Goldblum gives to the scientists at Jurassic Park shortly before he and the rest of the cast become snacks for some genetically engineered dinosaurs. It’s the same question that occurred to us when we heard about the latest mashup: the Sushi Donut.

If the name didn’t give it away, this culinary concoction comes from pressing cooled sushi rice into a donut mold, and then decorating it with the sushi toppings of your choosing. Various “recipes” for these sushi donuts have featured ingredients like wasabi, avocado, coconut, mango, sesame, and, probably, shame. 

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Is it tasty? Probably as tasty as it would be in roll form. Is it pretty? If you’ve got an obsession with spheroid-shaped snacks, sure. Is it necessary? Of course not.

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We’ve talked before about the dangers of being a food purist, but with each iteration of outrageous mashup we're starting to wonder if the scales are tipping a touch too far in the other direction.

Before we sound too much like sticks in the mud, let's just say we think there are some amazingly creative and, more importantly, delicious food hybrids out in the world. Sushi doesn't always have to pass an authenticity test or be life-changing. Hey, we’re not trying to squash wacky innovation. But there's got to be a line in the sand somewhere, no? Where is the point of no return? Is it Garlic Brownies? Bacon-wrapped Popsicles? Lemon Meringue Steak?

The jury is out—but eh, ok, we might try that last one.

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