How to buy seaweed

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    Jan 22, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
    I like the flavor of seaweed. However, I don't know how to buy it. I've gotten gifts of seaweed in the past from friends in Korea or Japan, but I've thrown away the packaging.

    Recently, I was watching a show discussing all the nutritional value of seaweed. So I'm motivated to go buy a lot of it and use it instead of salt in various dishes. I hear there is a large variety of seaweed brands and that each type has its own use. How do I go about my mission?
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    Jan 22, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    If you're interested, you can contact me. My brother trades with Japanese foods for a living, including seaweed. He's quite knowledgeable.
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    Jan 23, 2011 1:57 AM GMT


    Dude, go to any asian market and you can buy packaged seawead or even buy it online...


    But it really depends on your application... If personally would not use seaweed in place of salt... Seaweed has its own distinct flavor and is not as versatile with certain foods.


    But as a snack, or for eating in Donburi (japanese rice dish), or in Soups or for rolling sushi, its excellent..


    Look for the dark green sheets... I find it to be more subtle and sturdy for like rolling sushi or for putting in soups... The lighter green sheets are highly delicate good for eating in rice dishes or noodle dishes.. Just a tip, make sure to roast it over a heat for a few seconds to make it more pliable.


    They also have small jars of flavored seaweed out there... Its like eating potato chips.. There's BBQ flavored, Squid Flavored, Shrimp Flavored, Soy Flavored... Its pretty interesting


    This is probably the most versatile Fueru Wakame Dried Seaweed - http://www.amazon.com/Fueru-Wakame-Dried-Seaweed-1-76/dp/B000FKF4OC

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    Jan 23, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
    Most asians supermarkets will have seaweed in the freezer section packed with salt. It comes in salt chunks with seaweed between (the weed is in sheets).

    You will have to run it in water to get rid of the salt. It will be completely unsalted once you unpackage it. It's really delicious too, it tastes like its fresh from the ocean.

    Often I've been to chinese markets where I asked them for frozen seaweed and they didn't really know what this was and often been told they don't carry it but after some perseverance I found it every time. So look in the freezer sections.

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    Jan 23, 2011 2:19 AM GMT
    You can also buy it dried, in which case you have to soak it in boiling water.

    My favourite way to eat seaweed is in wakame salad.
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    Jan 25, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    Prepackaged dried flakes good for use as seasoning: http://www.navitasnaturals.com/products/wakame.html
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    Jan 25, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    To the OP, you live in New York. I'm pretty certain you can find packaged nori at any Asian supermarket in Chinatown. In fact, you'll probably find many different varieties of seaweed, as it's a common ingredient in appetizers and some soups. I love the nori they sell as snacks - I could eat them like chips.
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    Jan 26, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    Brands?
    Go to the fricken beach. icon_rolleyes.gif