Of all 16 flavors currently available, this is one of only a small handful that just naturally sounds like it would work with tuna. It’s also one of, if not the most difficult to find. So I did what any sane person would do and ordered a full case. No, I’ve never tasted it but I now have 20+ little pouches.
Ginger and Sesame could be somewhat simple to make work, but if I’ve learned anything about Tuna Creations, I’ve learned that they love to reinvent the wheel. The ingredients label is not promising in this regard. There’s some shitake extract, carrot extract, and uh… citrus fiber whatever the hell that is.
StarKist Tuna Creations Ginger Sesame
Texture: Not horrible. Very similar to tuna from a can. None of the pulpy texture I’ve become so intimately familiar with. That citrus fiber must really be doing its job. So far, so good.
Smell: Well, it smells like a lot of things. They could have just made it easy on me, but instead, this is an actual carnival of smells. There’s definitely ginger in here, obviously of the powdered variety but beyond that, it’s a veritable rollercoaster of scents. Closest I can compare it to might be the dumpster of a Panda Express by the sea. At least it doesn’t smell like ketchup. One cat is sleeping the sleep of the dead, and the other is chirping like a lunatic.
Taste: Dehydrated ginger is by far the most dominant flavor. It’s accompanied by a strange amount of acidity, though it’s more of a vinegar than a lemon. I’m struggling to find sesame flavor at all, but I do notice something close to soy sauce which I appreciate. Like sweet and sour chicken at a mall food court, this doesn’t immediately appeal but you find yourself craving it while you shop for yet another Squirtle onesie. It’s not classy but it’s also not too bad. daVinci is sitting on my bed, forcing me to give him a sample and he enjoys it enough to bite the hell out of my finger just in case I am hiding additional tuna under my skin (it’s possible at this point in my life).
Verdict: I’m going with 6 here. It’s better than average but it tries way too hard. A bit of sesame oil, a bit of soy sauce, and a bit of ginger would have been simpler and almost certainly better.
Tomorrow brings what I’m pretty sure will be a top contender. Hickory smoked. By far the most recommended by all of you, whom I trust completely. Of course.