Vegetarian Sushi Secrets


  1. Tess
    August 30, 2008 @ 3:04 pm

    Wow Marisa!

    What a wonderful site!

    I used to buy salads like the one pictured here, and wondered at how consistently the same they were, though they came from different stores. I suppose it was in the back of my mind that these were some sort of commercially manufactured product, but I never bothered to read the ingredients label.

    One day I went to my most convenient store looking for kanten (agar-agar). It’s a Korean grocery, but they carry some Japanese food. Their produce is fresh and their frozen meats are good—it’s surprising how similar Korean cuisine is to the Japanese—and they are now starting to carry some good-looking fresh fish. Anyway. I couldn’t find agar-agar, so I asked. There was a language problem, since I don’t speak Korean, so I ended up writing “agar-agar.” The fellow finally understood what I was looking for! He led me to the refrigerator case with packages of that salad and pointed to “agar-agar” listed on the label! That was the first time I’d read the ingredients, and I was surprised to realize that of course it’s artificially colored.

  2. Andrea
    September 8, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

    I’ve always liked seaweed salad because it has a nutty flavor to me. I wonder why, now seeing what the ingredients are (and having no nuts, lol).

  3. Sushi Fish
    February 29, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    There are actually some pre-packaged goma wakame products that don’t have any additive dyes. They don’t have the same bright green appearance, and are dull and less attractive looking. If you don’t care about appearance, I would look for “natural” goma wakame.

  4. Kikuchikoo
    July 27, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    Wakame salad is easy to make and super healthy. Wakame comes in dried form which reconstitutes in water in only five minutes. Drain the wakame. Slice a carrot into matchsticks and add olive or sesame oil and vinegar of your choice to taste. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and there you have it. I find it tastes better on the second day. Enjoy!