MANILA -- Meatsumo Premium Panay is bringing the viral sushi bake experience to Manila foodies.
“We really are a samgyup place first and foremost. The samgyup set is still our No. 1 bestselling item. For our branch in Quezon City, we felt that many of our customers [also] prefer the premium set (Black Angus, wagyu, and salmon belly). They normally pair this [now] with an order of our own take of the popular Sushi Bake,” explained chef Nathaniel Uy, one of the owners of Meatsumo Premium, in an online interview.
As a Korean-Japanese restaurant, it wasn’t a stretch for Meatsumo Premium Panay to offer their take on the sushi bake in their delivery menu.
“We made the sushi bake because it was in trend, and it’s perfect for our brand. Also, we already have all the ingredients on hand,” Uy pointed out.
What’s in a Meatsumo sushi bake?
In the tray, there’s sushi rice — sticky and slightly sweet and sour — that sandwiches ripe mangoes and crisp cucumber and is topped with a thick seasoned layer of kani, mayonnaise and tobiko (fish roe). The tray is then baked so there’s umami caramelization and almost a cheese-like flavor, thanks to that Japanese mayonnaise.
To eat, sprinkle on some tenkasu (tempura flakes) and spring onions and scoop off a healthy spoonful onto the provided nori wrappers and eat it ala a street taco.
A bite has the flavors of a California maki albeit warm, also creamier and surprisingly heftier. It was quite smart to use the California maki as a base idea for their sushi bake, as the flavor is familiar and comforting, and that’s always a plus in these times.
Sushi purists might scoff at the term “sushi” in a sushi bake -- as the tray doesn’t have raw fish as an ingredient; it’s not rolled, shaped and cut like sushi; and it’s baked! These and more reasons are perfectly valid but anyone who has taken a bite of this tray-ed delight, like the one that we tasted from Meatsumo, for example, can’t deny that while the name is a misnomer, it’s a delicious and convenient handful of food.
So why not have your sushi bake experience at home? Or even better, together with any of Meatsumo’s Korean-Japanese barbecue options like Black Angus beef, yakiniku, and salmon belly, as well as ala carte options like tempura, tonkatsu and galbi jjim.
The regular sushi bake is priced at P480, and the spicy sushi bake with Tabasco Sriracha at P520. Trays can serve about 3 to 4 people. Order online via Meatsumo Premium Panay’s order form in their Facebook page.