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« on: December 26, 2006 10:36:33 PM »

Hi all,
My husband and I love the seaweed salad served at sushi restaurants.  We have been rolling our own at home for a while and are looking for more ways to incorporate sea vegetables into our diet.  I googled around and it seems like the "restaurant" style seaweed salad is usually sold pre-made?  If the "internet experts" are correct, the salad is made with wakame stems and agar with a dressing of chili flakes, mirin, sushi vinegar, and sesame seeds. 

My problem is, although I have access to Asian markets I can only seem to find the usual wakame leaves, not the stems.  Have I got the recipe wrong?  Any help appreciated.

here's a link to a photo of the salad I am seeking:
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2006 01:15:18 PM »

Um... I don't know how much help this'll be, but just ask the dude in your local asian market. They can normally tell you where/how to get it, maybe even provide you with a great recipe! There's a great little store where I live with the best store owner ever. He's tried everything he's selling, and though he's always trying to get me to buy something new (typical store owner  Tongue) he knows his stuff. Always check the small stores. If all else fails, try http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com

I dunno if that helps. I hope it does!

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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2006 01:42:13 AM »

This isn`t exactly the same, but it`s the "seaweed salad" everyone makes at home here. (Does the one you`re looking for have a kind of sweet vinagary taste? If so, it`s close.)

dressing is 2 tbsp each:
dashi (Japanese soup base- if you don`t have this, 1 tbsp hot water is fine)

usually it`s wakame and cucumber, but you could just use wakame. however much you want- a piece with like, 5 or 6 of those long leaves is good for 2 people. rinse this several times to get the salt off, and leave in a shallow bowl of cold water and vinegar for like 5 minutes. if you are using cucumber too, cut it in super-thin slices and then rub them with a little salt. squeeze all the salted cucumber in your hands as hard as you can- if a bunch of green liquid runs out, that`s good. then, rinse it again to get rid of the salt.

next, mix together the dressing and the vegatables and you`re done. you could also add jyako (tiny white fish), white sesame seeds, hot pepper, etc.
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2006 07:38:51 PM »

I have a friend named Sora who makes seaweed salad all the time.  Maybe she could help you...

« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2007 12:41:35 AM »

this might be it....


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