When I ordered Philadelphia rolls, I was expecting something similar to Boston rolls. However, what I got was actually much different. And in this case, that difference was not exactly a good thing.
Philadelphia rolls are made from salmon, cream cheese, and avocado. All of the ingredients are then wrapped in rice and nori as usual.
When I first tasted the Philadelphia rolls, I thought they were pretty good. However, soon after this the full flavor of the sushi hit me and realized they were not so great.
The main issue to me was the amount of cream cheese. I am not a fan of cream cheese and there was a lot of it in the rolls.
Even if I liked cream cheese there was still too much of it. The amount of cream cheese in the roll was just too overpowering. The cream cheese was almost the only ingredient I could taste.
Another issue I had with the sushi was the texture. Between the cream cheese and avocado, the rolls really lack much solid content.
The mushy texture of the sushi certainly didn’t help it taste any better. Even the salmon, which was the most solid ingredient in the roll, has a somewhat mushy texture itself.
If there was less cream cheese and avocado in the roll, the taste and texture would certainly improve. Although I think there should still be more ingredients in the Philadelphia rolls just to add more to the flavor. With only cream cheese, avocado, and salmon, there isn’t much variety in the flavor.
Overall the texture and flavor of the sushi made it not very enjoyable to eat. In fact, Philadelphia rolls are the first kind of sushi that I didn’t finish eating because I didn’t like them. Even when I drenched them in soy sauce (which is my usual technique for masking flavors I don’t like), I couldn’t keep eating them.
Maybe Philadelphia rolls would be better with the ingredients used in different proportions or with something added to give them some texture, but either way I won’t be ordering them again.