Marks and Spencer's Prawn Sui Mai

Marks and Spencer's Prawn Sui Mai

As a starter to last night’s dinner, I picked up Prawn Sui Mai from Marks and Spencer. I always order Sui Mai (or Shumai) when I go for Japanese food, if they are available. They are usually small, soft, steamed prawn dumplings served with a sweet, salty dipping sauce. These Sui Mai from M&S are very low fat and ridiculously fast and easy to prepare – just pierce the film and microwave for 1 1/4 minutes. It doesn’t come with dipping sauce, so I served it with plain soy sauce.

The packaging implies there are two flavours – plain prawn and prawn & mushroom. I couldn’t really tell the difference between the two. The size was nice – pretty large for Sui Mai, and very attractive. The flavour and consistency was good too, though I ate them pretty quickly as I was afraid the consistency would change for the worse if they cooled too much. The biggest difference between these store bought ones and those I’ve had in restaurants is the crunch – the M&S Sui Mai have something inside (ginger? water chestnut?) which gives them a little bit of crunch. I didn’t like that as much as I was expecting them to be soft, but hubs liked them very much.

M&S Prawn Sui Mai

M&S Prawn Sui Mai

I wouldn’t hesitate to get these again. They were pretty good, easy to make, and low in fat. They make for a nice side dish or starter, but there’s no chance of passing them off as home made!

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