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Sep 1, 2009 09:34 AM

Seaweed salad

Where in Boston can I find seaweed salad?


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  1. 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!

    1. 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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      1. re: greygarious

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

        1. re: cassis

          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.

          1. re: galleygirl

            Hate the green! Love the black! Hijiki?

            1. re: Trumpetguy

              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... ;)

              1. re: galleygirl

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

                1. re: Trumpetguy

                  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.

                  1. re: Trumpetguy

                    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..

                    1. re: galleygirl

                      Thank you Galleygirl! That recipe sounds great :)

              2. re: galleygirl

                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. I always get it at Legal Seafood.

            1. 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 :)

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