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Seaweed salad

mcbedenk Sep 1, 2009 09:34 AM

Where in Boston can I find seaweed salad?


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    joth68 Feb 24, 2010 05:51 AM

    If you are just talking about the stuff they serve at sushi restaurants, you can get that at most stop & shops and shaws.

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      lgss Feb 23, 2010 02:48 PM

      Grezzo serves Sea Vegetable Salad w/ wasabi vinaigrette

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        beneteau42 Feb 23, 2010 11:46 AM

        Legal Seafoods restaurants has seaweed salad. I was at the Cambridge locations, but I'm sure other locations probably have it.

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          macadamianut Feb 23, 2010 12:03 PM

          I love their seaweed salad and always order it as one of my sides but when you buy it from them it's very expensive. I was at the Chestnut Hill location and a pint was 15.00 so I did not get it. Why is it so expensive?

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            greygarious Feb 23, 2010 12:33 PM

            < Why is it so expensive? >:


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          Wannabfoode Sep 2, 2009 07:49 PM

          douzo, either in the restaurant or in their refrigerated to go case

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            ChickenBrocandZiti Feb 23, 2010 06:14 PM

            Not only can you get it @ Douzo, it's great @ Douzo.

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            makiman Sep 1, 2009 07:04 PM

            Try intershell in Gloucester. You can buy individual portions, or two kilos frozen, and cut off chunks as you need.


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              another_adam Sep 1, 2009 05:26 PM

              Reliable has preserved (salted) seaweed for you to make your own, too-- it's cheap, but the brands differ considerably in quality and amount of random dirt in the bag, too. They have dried hijiki that you can soak for salad, too (though be mindful of the arsenic!)

              The bright green "sea vegetable" stuff that's ubiquitous on menus in Boston is also available in customizable amounts from Bazaar russian market, in Brookline. Theirs is a good deal, and it's good because it's not as wet as some other places. (I've gotten batches from some other places, like Lotte, that are really wet and don't last very long) They also have a pretty good ika salad next to it! They've definitely become my go-to place when we want it. (Not sure if the Allston branch has it too, but I imagine so)

              That's interesting to know about the extrusion, btw-- I knew that it wasn't seaweed, but I always thought that it was the stems of some sort of mysterious sea grass-like vegetable, dyed bright green! The extrusion makes sense, though, and I think I like it better now :)

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                macadamianut Sep 1, 2009 11:43 AM

                I always get it at Legal Seafood.

                1. greygarious Sep 1, 2009 10:00 AM

                  If your nearest Asian market doesn't sell it outright, the recipe (many available online) has only a few ingredients, all of which the market will stock. Or get it at any sushi restaurant and many Chinese restaurants. Some restaurants charge a hefty price for it so a market is the best option.

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                    cassis Sep 1, 2009 11:32 AM

                    Reliable Market, Union Square, refrigerated case in the back room.

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                      galleygirl Sep 1, 2009 11:39 AM

                      They probably have both kinds, too.The bright green stuff you find in sushi bars, which is actually an extruded, processed product (like surimi is to fish), and the dark-green, real Korean, seaweed salad.

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                        Trumpetguy Sep 1, 2009 11:53 AM

                        Hate the green! Love the black! Hijiki?

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                          galleygirl Sep 1, 2009 12:11 PM

                          LOVE hijiki! There are usually a few kinds, usually marinated with garlic, at Reliable...They range from hijiki, to the wavey frondlike ones; I'm blanking on the name right now.... Much more "sea" tasting. I like to hydrate dried hijiki fo salad...You can also get seaweed with garlic and sesame oil at Taiwan Cafe. A LOT of garlic... ;)

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                            Trumpetguy Sep 1, 2009 12:40 PM

                            Sounds fantastic that way! I usually ate Hijiki in macrobiotic restaurants in NYC--very nutritious w/ calcium and B vitamins :)

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                              playfulotter Sep 1, 2009 12:58 PM

                              The kind I like is made with Wakeme seaweed and usually has soy sauce and sesame seeds in it to and is kind of sweet and salty at the same time.

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                                galleygirl Sep 1, 2009 05:44 PM

                                This is my favorite hijiki recipe; IIRC, you need to soak the dried hijiki, twice. Also, I like to add brightly colored things like carrot and red pepper bits...Even pieces of roasted tofu..

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                                  Trumpetguy Sep 2, 2009 08:29 AM

                                  Thank you Galleygirl! That recipe sounds great :)

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                            almansa Feb 23, 2010 04:24 PM

                            About this extruded product - I've never heard this before. I can see using the agar agar and "wakame" to make something akin to seaweed, but I can't picture any results so successful as this. Do you have a link to this info?

                      2. playfulotter Sep 1, 2009 09:54 AM

                        I don't live in Massachusetts but you can usually find seaweed salad at a grocery store that sells sushi they prepare on site. It will be in a plastic container already made in a plastic containers right next to the already made sushi. It is really yummy!

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