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i've always been a fan of japanese food and wakame salad is something that i really love
i have had two different kinds of wakame salad - ones that have big leafy wakame (which i don't like) and ones that only have the stem of the wakame
if you have ever looked at the seaweed salad at pusateri's you would know what i mean. The stems are very thin and have a translucent, greenish colour. The ingredients on the box of the seaweed salad calls it seawood but from what i have read some korean websites, seawood is actually just seaweed stem
now my question is, where can i get my hands on some seaweed stem?
i did a bit of searching on the internet and it seems that the japanese call it kuki wakame. All of the places that I have been to only have the leafy wake and not just the stems by itself. can anyone help?

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  1. Try Ozawa Imports on East Beaver Creek. That is where a lot af restaurants shop.

    Good luck!

    1. Have you tried PAT (at Bloor and Manning)? They're Korean, but have tonnes of seaweed stuff.

      1. I'm gonna go check out some of the asian markets in the neighborhod (scarborough) and maybe hit T&T as well looking for this stuff... I've bought Wakame dried before and it was the big brown leafs which in no way resembled the seaweed salad you'd get at a restaurant.... I think the key is to get Kuki Wakame (stems only)... then the next step will be to find the recipe..... suprised its not listed on chow since I know many of readers would enjoy the salad.

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        1. re: incongruent

          I bought a bag of seaweed at P.A.T., but it wasn't those stems (seawood) that you're talking about. I couldnt find the stems at that store.

          But anyway, there was a recipe for the seaweed salad on the bag and it was in english. It wasn't too bad, but it didn't taste like the restaurant salad.

          P.A.T sells the salad in packages already made, though.

          1. re: incongruent

            i'm unsure if you could just get the straight stems as i've only been there a couple times, but the galleria supermarket place in thornhilll that is a korean grocer offers wakame salad as part of their "deli" offerings. since they make it en masse, i'd assume they either sell or could point you towards stem only seaweed.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              Did you ever notice how that wakame salad goes bad really fast and then tastes fishy and disgusting? I've bought it pre-packaged and had it be bad already, and of course couldn't get a refund.

              1. re: TOChow

                mine sat in the fridge for over a couple weeks and was still fine after.... no fishy smells or oddness. just wakame goodness.

                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  When I get a sashimi craving and don't wan't to leave my neighbourhood I head to Sushi Supreme on Yonge north of Davisville. I ALWAYS upgrade my salad from the typical iceberg to wakame. The wakeme they serve is a large portion of what fits your description of seawood dressed with sesame oil. I love the slippery but crunchy texture and, for me, it is the best item on their menu. My girlfriend, on the other hand, finds it disgusting (although I don't think she would like any dish with seaweed in it - she likes sushi that has the least amount of nori in it.)

                  They do take out if you want to bring it home.

                  P.S. I have also seen it at Avenue Road Seafood, but I did not like their version as much.

            2. re: incongruent

              hit up the T&T on cherry st last night and noticed that the seaweed stems in strips were sitting in some liquid in one of the aisles.

              so it's available! didn't note a price.

            3. I don't know where you can get the stem, but I know what you mean. I, too, prefer it. However, I think it is too sweet (the ingredient list of these salads I have seen list corn syrup), so if you have any luck finding the seaweed on its own, please let us know.

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              1. I've seen it at Ozawa before, and in many Korean markets. I really want to know why this stuff is so expensive though? A small portion at most markets is usually at least $4.50?!!??

                1. Sushi Marche has them, dressed and ready to go in a small tub or $2 or $3

                  1. i'm sorry to bring up an OLD post, but i'm wondering if anyone has any updates to the original query?

                    i too am looking for kuki wakame for wakame salad -- not the leafy wakame and not pre-made/pre-packaged wakame salad. west-end toronto shops would be appreciated!!!


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                    1. re: lilaki

                      I have an extraordinary mix of dried seaweeds that come in a single 100g package. I'm sorry for not knowing the correct names for each, but there are at least a half dozen different types of seaweed. There is definitely wakame, but also small transparent batons about an inch in length, beautiful white clusters, narrow burgundy leafy strips, plus a few different dark green seaweed types. I live in Windsor and buy it at a health food store, but I have seen it at my Korean grocery store as well, which leads me to believe that a high quality store such as Sanko, or the giant Galleria superstore at Yonge north of Steeles might carry this as well. The package cost me about $15, but once rehydrated, I'm sure the quantity would be sufficient for a number of seaweed salads. I add a few additional types of seaweed that I have in my cupboard to make a seaweed salad for my SO that is far superior to the packaged prepared salads, mostly because it is less salty, has far less sugar and contains no artificial colours. One time, I made a salad from half the package and my SO was eating seaweed salad for no less than an entire week. This package goes a long way!

                      The writing on the package is mostly in Japanese, but the label says "Healthy Kitchen" in blue script. On the back label, in addition to "Seaweed Salad" it says "Kaiso Salad". The product is imported from Japan by Nishimoto Trading Co Ltd., which is located in Richmond, BC.

                      I'd be pretty shocked if I have access to any product here in Windsor that isn't available in Toronto as well.

                      1. re: 1sweetpea

                        thanks so much for the package information ... i will see if i can find it or something similar here.

                        btw - what's your recipe for your seaweed salad?


                        1. re: lilaki

                          Please post any recipes on the Home Cooking board. You can leave a pointer here if you do. Thanks!

                          1. re: lilaki

                            My recipe is a very loose one. I don't use any specific measurements. I'll post it on the home cooking board this weekend and put a link to it in this thread.

                        2. re: lilaki

                          hi all,

                          i found two kinds of dried wakame (i think) at T&T (mississauga) this past weekend. i would share the brand/labels but they're all in japanese. anyway, one package has kuki wakame plus jellyfish and other types of seaweed and one package LOOKS like it has just the thin 'threads 'of wakame. each package was about $2.50 (i think).

                          i'm going to re-hydrate both packs and toss them with what i THINK is wakame salad dressing ... rice vinegar + canola oil + sesame oil + chili flakes + soy sauce + sugar + sesame seeds. we'll see what happens!

                          1. re: lilaki

                            No canola oil is necessary. Keep it simple: toasted sesame oil, plain rice vinegar, maybe a splash of fresh lemon juice, something sweet, like agave syrup or cane sugar, chile flakes (no seeds), green onions, toasted sesame seeds (toast them yourself in a dry pan). Toss with the rehydrated wakame and taste. Adjust seasonings. If it needs salt, you can add some soy/tamari/shoyu drop by drop until it tastes nice to you. I also add a bit of garlic, but I'm nuts about garlic. You may find it overpowering.

                            If you really love seaweed, try to find a bunch of varieties. It makes for a very colourful salad. Loblaws has a few varieties in the health food section. The more the merrier. If you have access to a Korean store (if not, hit a P.A.T. store -- there are a few locations around the GTA), they sell these dried chile threads that aren't super hot, but look very pretty as a decoration on anything. They might be awesome tossed with the seaweed. Good luck!