About a week ago, I was scrolling through my social media when I heard about a new food item that made me stop in my tracks.
It was the new YO Sushi collaboration with Doritos – named the onigiri katsu krunch. Essentially, the item is either shredded chicken or mushroom surrounded by rice, packed into a Dorito shape.
That’s not all. Here’s the twist – it is then covered in crushedChilli Heatwave flavour Doritos, cooked and then served with katsu sauce.
It sounded confusing – is it a crisp, is it a curry, is it both? The journalist in me needed to know more.
So, I headed down to YO! and ordered both the chicken version and the vegetarian mushroom version, along with a whole host of my other favourite dishes from the chain (shout out to the chicken gyoza).
I have to say, I had rather low expectations. From what I’d seen, it seemed to be nothing more than a gimmick – but I admit, I was wrong.
The food arrived on the classic conveyer belt and the nerves were real. It just doesn’t seem like soft rice covered in crunchy crisps would ever be nice.
However, when I bit into the chicken version of the item, my fears vanished – sort of.
If you’ve ever had a katsu curry, it’s essentially a spicier, crispier version of that. The Doritos actually add a really warming flavour, and the texture they add is welcome compared to the sometimes soggy katsu breadcrumbs you may receive from some restaurants.
The mushroom version is very familiar, but I found it to be quite strong on the mushroom flavour, and I didn’t get quite as much heat.
Overall, I have to say I’m still slightly confused, the images around the restaurant of someone pulling one of the ‘katsu krunches’ out of a packet of Doritos boggle the mind – they’ve clearly designed the item to look like a massive Dorito.
I would definitely order the item again probably over the classic katsu curry, and I think it’s a very interesting concept to add to the YO! menu, even if the taste is somewhat familiar.
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