Seaweed Salad at home...what am I looking for?
I've been hooked on the typical green seaweed salad that is served at most sushi joints. Most places call is Kaiso salad. The seaweed which I'm looking for is the almost neon green colored seaweed. It's longer and stringier than the typical seaweed featured in most miso soups. Any recommendations on what I'm looking for?
i usually get the salted seaweed stem in the refrigerated section of my asian grocery...most japanese or korean grocers will carry this...
it usually looks like this:
just don't forget to rinse the salt off and let it soak in some water for an hour or so before you make the salad...
I believe you want wakame (undaria pinnatifida, according to the package), which is sold dry in most health food stores. You rinse it then soak it in fresh water for five minutes, according to my package. I've used it in miso soup, and have been meaning to make wakame salad, but haven't yet.
the two particular types of seaweed used in those restaurant salads are ao-tosaka nori [green] and shiro-ogo nori [white/clear].
3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
[if you like a citrus kick to yours, add 1/2 tablespoon of ponzu or lime juice]