Lesson #11: I love weed

Aha, I knew that would get your attention!

But before you get all peace, love, and mung beans on me I should clarify and say seaweed, that is.

Especially when it’s roasted, paper thin, crispy, incredibly tasty, and 99 cents a box.

I’ve always been a big fan of seaweed, particularly when wrapped around sushi or submerged in a bowl of miso, but before coming to the States, I hadn’t really experienced it in its best form – roasted.

Oh Happies, words cannot describe how tasty this stuff is. Surely, surely, there’s an Asian grocer in Australia that sells this stuff, because it’s just too good to not have in your draw as a go-to snack, next to your box of raw almonds and brown rice cakes.

Here’s the one I like from Trader Joe’s…

Seaweed is rich in vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, protein and fibre, and when compared to its Earth-grown friends, comes out a massive 10 – 20 times more nutrient dense. Of course, when you roast it, some of those nutrients are lost in the cooking process but there’s no denying seaweed is a far better snack than say, a bag of chips.

While this particular brand is made with canola oil, rather than a preferable sesame or olive oil, I have to give it props for not being too high in salt. They also have a Wasabi flavour which is mind-blowing.

Eat them whole, wrapped around fresh sashimi (which, if you live in New York is fresh, fabulous, and cheap at this amazing Asian grocer on Mott Street. It’s the best in the city. Address: 122 Mott Street. Name: Deluxe Food Market. Disclaimer: Don’t be put off by the surroundings, this is honestly better than Sushi Samba), or sprinkled over salads, rice, or any dish that takes your fancy.

Alternatively, if you happen to have a dehydrating machine in your house, you could make these all by yourself. Winner!

Tell me Happies…

Have you seen these in Australia?

If so, where?

Do you like seaweed too?

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6 comments

  1. 5ft0 · September 19, 2011

    There are plenty of dried seaweed in the land of Oz. Definitely your local Asian green grocer will stock them.

  2. Iantha · September 19, 2011

    They come in a massive A4-like size too… so tasty!

  3. Yaz Turker · September 19, 2011

    But are they roasted? I’ve had the dried ones, but not the roasted ones at home – apparently they’re hard to come across.

    • Tara · September 22, 2011

      Roasted (and flavoured) seaweed is definitely available in Asian food stores here! I haven’t set foot in one where it wasn’t stocked. I guess it’s not always labelled as such in English?

      • Yaz Turker · October 6, 2011

        This is music to my seaweed loving ears. Thanks Tara xx

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