If you've been skipping the sushi because of seafood's unsustainable rep, an exciting and unusual new offering from Fresh&Co might have you singing a different tune-a. The NYC healthfood chain recently announced that it will be rolling out four new menu selections featuring vegan tomato-based "tuna" starting next week. Created in partnership with vegan food brand Tomato Sushi, the inventive dishes look and (according to those who have tried it) taste surprisingly like the real thing thanks to the magic of sous vide cooking.
Fresh&Co will be offering four new dishes featuring the tomato-based tuna: an aloha salad, a poke salad, a collard-green wrap and a togarashi-yuzu bowl. The creation of Certified Master Chef and Tomato Sushi creator James Corwell, the vegan fish is made with a natural recipe using just Roma tomatoes, soy sauce, vinegar, and water.
Corwell says that he got the idea to make a more sustainable tuna alternative after visiting Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, where he witnessed the magnitude of tuna being fished out of the sea in just one day. The global demand for seafood has led to overfishing of our oceans, and some studies estimate that 90% of all large predatory fish (including tuna) have been depleted. Corwell decided that there must be a better way to satisfy the public’s appetite for tuna without further endangering the health of our oceans and its habitats.
But how does tomato tuna taste? According to Tomato Sushi, the vegan fish alternative has a “meaty, savory, taste and texture [and is] a remarkably rich-tasting, substantial, balanced food product that’s very sushi-like when combined with rice.”
Fresh&Co is set to roll out its vegan tomato tuna dishes at all of its locations starting on October 11th.
Images: Fresh&Co and Tomato Sushi