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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.
      --tuqueboy

      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?!!??