Sea Vegetables

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    Kombu & Celery Leaves ‘Tsukudani’

    When you buy a bunch of celery, what do you use the leaves and thin stalks for? I have once introduced ‘Celery Leaves Tsukudani’ on this website. Here is another yummy ‘Tsukudani’ for you to try. Because I love this dish so much, I always buy celery by a large bunch with lots of leaves …

  • Sea Vegetables Shirataki & Itokonnyaku

    Shirataki and Wakame Ponzu Salad

    ‘Shirataki’ are translucent and gelatinous noodles made from Konnyaku Potatoes (Konjac Yam or Devil’s Tongue Yam). Largely composed of water and dietary fibre, they are very low in calories. Slightly coloured type is called ‘Itokonnyaku’. They are getting popular as a healthy gluten & wheat free pasta alternative. I love it especially with Ponzu, a …

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    Wasabi ‘Ohitashi’ Marinated Spinach & Wakame

    One of Japanese iconic dishes of Spinach is ‘Ohitashi’, marinated in dashi-base sauce. I particularly like Wasabi flavoured ‘Ohitashi’. If you don’t like Wasabi, forget this dish. My daughter enjoys most of the food on this planet, but Wasabi is one of the few things that she doesn’t enjoy. I usually stock a bottle of …

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    ‘Ohitashi’ Marinated Spinach & Nori

    There are two very popular Japanese dishes of Spinach. ‘Goma-ae’ is probably the most popular one, and the other one is ‘Ohitashi’, marinated in dashi-base sauce. Many people enjoy it with ‘Katsuobushi’ as a topping. I like it without ‘Katsuobushi’. I often mix Wakame seaweed with Spinach but Toasted Nori is also very nice. Try …

  • Sea Vegetables Takikomigohan

    Hijiki Takikomigohan

    ‘Hijiki’ is a dark brownish coloured sea vegetable and it has been a part of the Japanese diet for centuries. Hijiki is rich in dietary fibre and minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium. There is a health concern about the level of inorganic arsenic in Hijiki and some say it is toxic. I have …

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    Kombu (Kelp) Cucumber Daikon Salad

    A store of Daiso has opened in a shopping centre near my house recently. If you are interested in Japanese culture, you must know Daiso. Daiso stores sell a great variety of Japanese products all at one price $2.80 each in Australia. They sell some cooking ingredients and ‘Shredded Kombu (Kelp)’ is one of them. …

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    Nori Tsukudani

    ‘Tsukudani’ is a dish of commonly small fish, shellfish or seaweed cooked in Mirin, Sugar and Soy Sauce to preserve the ingredients. Its name originates from Tsukuda-jima, the island in Tokyo where it was first made in the Edo period. Seaweed Tsukudani can be made with Kombu (kelp) or Wakame Seaweeds. But Nori Tsukudani is …

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    Wakame Ponzu Salad

    A Korean grocery store nearby sells many ingredients very similar to Japanese ones and I can purchase dried Wakame. The dried Wakame are totally shrunk and look like thin twigs or something, but the volume increases a lot when rehydrated. You would better use small amount. My mother used to use vegetable oil but I …

  • Beans & Peas Sea Vegetables

    Hijiki & Soy Beans Nimono

    This is probably one of the very traditional home-style dishes that most mothers cook. My family recipe is always meat-free but you may wish to add chicken to this dish. This can be mixed with freshly cooked rice to make “Hijiki Mazegohan’ which is also popular. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Dried Hijiki 20 to 25g …

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    Wakame & Cucumber Salad

    One of the most popular and authentic Japanese salad. This type of salad is called ‘Ae-mono’. This particular ‘Ae-mono’ is one of the refreshing dishes that I sometimes have a craving for when I am very tired. ] Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Cucumber 1 continental cucumber OR 2 smaller ones Dry Wakame 2 tablespoons Salt …

  • Miso Soup Potato Sea Vegetables

    Potato & Wakame Miso Soup

    This is my favourite Miso Soup since my childhood. Tender potato and miso flavour are really a good match. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Dashi Stock 4 cups Potato 1 to 2 Dried Wakame 1 tablespoon Miso 3 to 4 Teablespoons Spring Onion 2 Method 1. Cut Potato into small bite size pieces. 2. Heat the Dashi …