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#31 SuzySushi

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 06:30 PM

I wasn't able to find this in supermarkets in Yokohama but I just came back from a 4 day trip to Fukushima and look what I found in a local supermarket up there!

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Chukka wakame

The ingredient list (which I forgot to take a picture of) listed kuki wakame as the main iingredient and no other types of seweeds were listed. This specific product did not contain agar agar in any form. The main seasonings were soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sesame seeds and kochujang! This particular product was made in Niigata, it was quite good and my husband, who normally doesn't care for wakame, devoured the pack. IIt was definitely cheaper here than in the US, that pack of 180g (6.3 oz) cost me 198 yen ($1.70). :biggrin:

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That's it.

I was over at ou local Sam's Club yesterday and saw large packages of the seaweed salad, which they called Seaweed (Wakame) Salad. First ingredient listed was wakame (not specifying which type), then agar agar, the usual seasoning ingredients, and lots of artificial ingredients (preservatives, food dyes).

So it appears that some brands use agar agar and some don't.
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#32 ohev'ochel

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 02:28 PM

I wasn't able to find this in supermarkets in Yokohama but I just came back from a 4 day trip to Fukushima and look what I found in a local supermarket up there!

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Chukka wakame

The ingredient list (which I forgot to take a picture of) listed kuki wakame as the main iingredient and no other types of seweeds were listed. This specific product did not contain agar agar in any form. The main seasonings were soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sesame seeds and kochujang! This particular product was made in Niigata, it was quite good and my husband, who normally doesn't care for wakame, devoured the pack. IIt was definitely cheaper here than in the US, that pack of 180g (6.3 oz) cost me 198 yen ($1.70). :biggrin:

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kristin--
just saw ur post. yup, that's it but it kinda looks different from what i get here. not going to split hairs at this point! unless the red chili is hidden amongst the wakame. question: what is the kochujang stuff? hehe, ur husband ate the whole thing -- told u it was good. :wink: but how did YOU like it? did it have the typical crunch to it? would u buy it again? [sorry for all the questions].

have to try this using the kuki wakame. how does it usually come, frozen or salted? i think i saw it salted but someone said it was VERY salty still after it was soaked. though that may be just a preparation error on the part of the person who did it.

thanx for ur help.

#33 torakris

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 02:37 PM

Yes there were red flecks in it, for some reason they didn't show up in the picture.
Kochujang is a Korean chile paste.
Yes I did eat some of it as well and it was very good and very crunchy. I would buy it again.

Kuki wakame I had never noticed being sold before this thread.... I went looking for it the other day and found a pack in the refrigerated section that was salted. Because it is quite a bit thicker than regular wakame I am assuming the soaking period will need to be longer and you wshould probably wash it in several changes of water.

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#34 ohev'ochel

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 02:47 PM

Yes there were red flecks in it, for some reason they didn't show up in the picture.
Kochujang is a Korean chile paste.
Yes I did eat some of it as well and it was very good and very crunchy. I would buy it again.

Kuki wakame I had never noticed being sold before this thread.... I went looking for it the other day and found a pack in the refrigerated section that was salted. Because it is quite a bit thicker than regular wakame I am assuming the soaking period will need to be longer and you wshould probably wash it in several changes of water.

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thanx for ur quick reply!

the kochujang makes sense -- i have found this salad being sold very often in korean grocery stores. i had seen the kuki wakame before and did not realize it could be slivered and was therefore used for this salad. anyway, glad i finally now know what it is. thank u for all ur help.

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#35 torakris

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 03:02 PM

Just another quick note, though I posted a link to this picture of slivered kuki wakame this was not the type I have seen in the store and not the type most people think of when you say kuki wakame. Every time I have eaten it, it has looked like this. This is what the bag at the store looked like yesterday but looking online it most often seems to be sold like this (salted).
This looks like it would be very difficult to julienne....

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#36 ohev'ochel

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 08:22 PM

Just another quick note, though I posted a link to this picture of slivered kuki wakame this was not the type I have seen in the store and not the type most people think of when you say kuki wakame. Every time I have eaten it, it has looked like this. This is what the bag at the store looked like yesterday but looking online it most often seems to be sold like this (salted).
This looks like it would be very difficult to julienne....

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in essence, then, i would be looking to buy the first type u mention "rakuten" brand or similar?

#37 torakris

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 09:03 PM

Just another quick note, though I posted a link to this picture of slivered kuki wakame this was not the type I have seen in the store and not the type most people think of when you say kuki wakame. Every time I have eaten it, it has looked like this. This is what the bag at the store looked like yesterday but looking online it most often seems to be sold like this (salted).
This looks like it would be very difficult to julienne....

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in essence, then, i would be looking to buy the first type u mention "rakuten" brand or similar?

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yes you would want that first type.
Rakuten is not the brand name, it is an online shopping mall operator through whcih the smaller company (Kawamoto) is selling their product.

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