Japanese Sea Vegetables - Nori, Wakame, Tokoroten, Mozuku, Mekabu, Aosanori, Tororo Konbu, Hijiki

Nori 海苔 - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Nori, a sea vegetable, is getting more common around the world these days because it is used in sushi.
In Japan, we eat many kinds of sea vegetables other than nori.
In this blog post, I will introduce some other popular sea vegetables to tourists in Japan.

I hope the information is useful for people interested in Japanese food culture.
Please try Japanese sea vegetables when you travel to Japan.

We often eat Nori and Wakame.

Sushi Restaurant - KURASUSHI くら寿司
Nori is used in sushi and rice ball.
Wakame, Nori わかめ 海苔 - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Wakame is a typical ingredient of miso soup.
Udon Honjin YAMADAYA うどん本陣 山田家
Sometimes wakame is topped with udon, soba and ramen.
Udon Honjin YAMADAYA うどん本陣 山田家
Nori is also topped with noodles such as udon, soba and ramen.
MARUGEN RAMEN 丸源ラーメン
Nori has good flavor.
Wakame わかめ - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Red one is aka-tosaka 赤トサカ. Aka-tosaka and wakame are sometimes served with sashimi or salad.
KUSHIYA MONOGATARI 串家物語
Upper right: Salad of wakame and aka-tosaka
Wakame, Nori わかめ 海苔 - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Left: Dried wakame | Right: Nori

A convenience store 7-Eleven offers 3 kinds of sea vegetables.

Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Tokoroten ところてん, Mozuku もずく, Mekabu めかぶ
Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻

Tokoroten ところてん

A traditional Japanese food Tokoroten ところてん is made from a kind of sea vegetable Tengusa 天草  (agarophyte). This food is not sweets.
Tokoroten ところてん - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Tokoroten ところてん 138 yen

Tokoroten and water are packed together. When you eat it usually you need to drain off the water, but 7-Eleven's one is unique. You don't need to drain off the water.
Instruction on the pack says that
水切り不要
means "You don't need to drain off the water."

Tokoroten ところてん - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Put vinegar sauce and mustard in it.
Tokoroten ところてん - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Tokoroten is unique in texture and looks like jelly and noodles but, it is made from a sea vegetables Tengusa 天草.
Tokoroten ところてん - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
I bought this tokoroten at a supermarket (not 7-Eleven).

Instruction on the pack says that you need to drain off the water, and then put the sauce on it.
水を切ってから...
means "After you drain off the water..."

Tokoroten ところてん - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻

Tokoroten ところてん - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻

Tokoroten ところてん - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻

Mozuku もずく

四十八漁場 YONPACHIGYOJOU もずく

Mozuku もずく - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Mozuku もずく 181 yen (3 packs)
Mozuku もずく - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Mozuku and sweet vinegar sauce are packed together.
Mozuku もずく - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
It is soft in texture and a little sour taste. I like it.

Mekabu めかぶ

Mekabu めかぶ - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Mekabu めかぶ 194 yen (3 packs)
Mekabu めかぶ - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Mekabu is slimy. If you like slimy or sticky Japanese food such as natto and okra, probably you like mekabu.
Mekabu めかぶ - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
It is a little bit harder in texture than other sea vegetables.
Mekabu, Mozuku めかぶ もずく - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
7-Eleven's mekabu taste very light. I mixed with mekabu, mozuku and wasabi because this mekabu is not my desired taste.
Mekabu めかぶ - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Some sushi restaurants offer good mekabu sushi which still keeps green.

Aosanori あおさのり

Sea Lettuce あおさのり Aosanori - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Aosa-nori あおさのり
It is has stronger flavor than the others.
It is called Sea Lettuce in English at a sushi restaurant in Japan.
Sea Lettuce あおさのり Aosanori - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Many sushi restaurants offer aosa-nori miso soup.

Kombu Kelp / Seaweed こんぶ

Kombu Kelp / Seaweed こんぶ - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Kombu Kelp / Seaweed is used in Oden おでん which is a type of Japanese hot pod / boiled cuisine.
Kombu Kelp / Seaweed こんぶ - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Kombu is used in the making of Japanese style broth called Dashi and is also eaten as Oden.

Tororo Kombu とろろ昆布

KARAYAMA からやま - Deep fried chicken からあげ
Tororo Kombu is shaved kombu (dried kelp).
Sometimes it is in miso soup or topped with udon.

Hijiki ひじき

Hijiki ひじき - Kigurajyaya きぐら茶屋 - Izakaya 居酒屋

Hijiki ひじき - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻
Hijiki ひじき
It is a Japanese traditional simmered sea vegetable seasoned with soy sauce, sugar and so on.

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