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Apr 4, 2010 07:08 PM

kelp / hai dai

Anyone know where one can get kelp (hai dai 海带 in mandarin)?? Fresh or dried?
If not in Manhattan, maybe in Queens??


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  1. Have you tried the supermarket inside the Manhattan Bridge (south side of East Broadway)? I was there today and saw plenty of seaweed - check the refrigerated case next to the cashiers in the back - although I can't say with confidence that any of it was kelp.

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    1. I know a little more about the dry ones so I can suggest a few places for you to search...

      A Korean Market called "Han Ah Reum" at 25 West 32nd Street in Manhattan carries a few different types of dried Kelps, including the big. thick ones (海带) or the smaller, more tender seaweed shoots (海带芽 or "Wakame" in Japanese). I was just there 2 days ago and I know they definitely have these two kinds. The dried seaweed/kelp aisle is right across from the refrigerators that stores tofu. There might be more in the wet format, some are pre-salted but I am not 100% sure on exactly what types of wet kelp Han Ah Reum Market carries since I dont' typically buy them. Whole Foods Market also carries some dried kelps in the Japanese food section but their price tend to be higher.

      If you are looking for the ones that's already shredded (so you can soak/boil in water to make a salad (涼拌海帶絲). You can try to find them in Chinese supermarkets. In Chinatown, you can try Kam Man Market on Canal Street. In Flushing, Queens, you can try Hong Kong Market. This is what it looks like (not this exact brand but you kind of get an idea on what it looks like):

      Lastly, Japanese markets also carry dried Kelps... (I think they are called "Kombu" in Japanese). You can try to look for them at Sunrise Mart in East Village.

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      1. re: bearmi

        the Korean place sounds promising since you said it had the thick ones, hai dai, which i'm looking for. THANKS!

        1. re: sedela

          Yeah I was able to get them yesterday at Han Ah Reum. Thanks.

          Han Ah Reum
          25 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

          1. re: sedela

            Yay! Glad I was able to help out! Han Ah Reum came to my mind first because it's centrally located... Not sure where you live but sometimes going downtown to Chinatown could be a chore (at least for me, since I am in the suburb)..... although they do have good selections too.

            Han Ah Reum
            25 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

      2. All oriental supermarkets and most health/organic food stores have dried seaweed. Are you looking for a particular kind or in a particular neighborhood?

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        1. re: diprey1

          Does anyone know any restaurants in manhattan that serve hai dai with chopped garlic and chili? It's such a great dish, but all I ever seem to be able to find is fried which I don't enjoy.

          1. re: mr_seabass

            Strangely enough, I saw it on the daily specials whiteboard at Sichuan Gourmet @39th St once or twice, but that was a long time ago. You might want to call and ask them.