Exploring sea vegetables

4 June, 2020

Let’s find out more about these edible marine superfoods

Sea vegetables are the not-so-new superfood that has been a staple in Asian cooking for many years. Seaweeds and sea vegetables are known to be nutritious, rich in vitamins and minerals. They add dietary fibre and antioxidants (and interest!) to your meals. Sea vegetables support detoxification of the body, and to help create a healthy gut environment. They are available in fresh, dehydrated or powdered form and you will be amazed at how they can transform a standard meal into an interesting talking point .

Most would know that nori is the dried seaweed wrap that is used to make California rolls in Japanese sushi bars. But have you heard of edible kelp, dulse (red seaweed), wakame, sea lettuce, agar agar, arame, spirulina, kombu or sea palm? If not, it’s time to investigate!

How to cook with this new superfood

Sea vegetables are savoury. They add an umami flavour to your food. Of the five basic tastes, (sweet, sour, bitter and salty are the others) umami is the hardest to explain; it’s the taste of Vegemite, soy based foods like miso, and aged cheeses like parmesan. Add wakame to your stir fry, shake dulse dust over popcorn or roast vegetables, or saute sea palm and add it to your salads. Spirulina and sea moss can be added to smoothies to add antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements to your healthy drinks. To get started on your sea vegetable cooking adventure try this Asian cucumber and sea vegetable salad recipe or try these Arame chicken meatballs.

Where to enjoy sea vegetables in Chatswood

Sushi World has a great selection of sushi snacks and meals. The sea vegetables served here are mostly nori served in its dried and toasted form. The food at Sushi World is produced without chemicals, additives or preservatives so you know it’s good for you. Tori Korean Street Food is also a great place to find nori and other sea vegetables in the dishes.

Where to get sea vegetables?

There is a plentiful supply of sea vegetables. Many people who use them in their cooking forage for their ingredients themselves. If you are going to do this, make sure that you know which species of plants you are picking, and that they’re not endangered. Obviously, not everyone has the time or the inclination to jump in their kayak and hunt for produce in the shallows of the ocean. Never fear, there are ways to find this incredible food source on land. Apart from nori, sea vegetables can be a little hard to come by in supermarkets. But try your local health food provider, Horn of Plenty, and check with Asian City to see what they have and if they can put you in touch with suppliers. If all else fails, order from Doorstep Organics for home delivered products.