Japanese Sea Vegetables - Nori, Wakame, Tokoroten, Mozuku, Mekabu, Aosanori, Tororo Konbu, Hijiki 海苔・わかめ・ところてん・もずく・めかぶ・あおさ海苔・とろろ昆布・ひじき

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

Tuna Roll 鉄火巻 - Conveyor Belt Sushi Restaurant (Sushi Go Round) KURASUSHI くら寿司
おにぎり ぼんご ONIGIRI BONGO
Onigiri (Rice Ball) Restaurant BONGO ぼんご in Tokyo おにぎり・おむすび
This restaurant specializes in and serves only onigiri (rice balls). It is a good experience for foreign tourists to see a chef makes fresh rice balls right in front of the counter. (There is no table seats.)Their onigiri is bigger than usual one and ...
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

Umibudo Green Caviar Sea Grapes Okinawan Cuisine MIYARABI 沖縄宮廷 琉球料理 みやらび 海ぶどう丼
四十八漁場 YONPACHIGYOJOU もずく
Mozuku もずく - Sea Vegetable (Seaweed) 海藻

Mozuku もずく 192 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 203 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.

Nori Shio (Salt) 磯海苔塩 - MARUGEN RAMEN 丸源ラーメン
NIKU-SOBA at MARUGEN RAMEN in Japan 丸源ラーメン・肉そば
A ramen chain MARUGEN RAMEN 丸源ラーメンis worth trying.My family and I like this restaurant's ramen.I will definitely visit their ramen restaurant again soon to enjoy their ramen.

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.

Shaved Konbu (dried kelp) Miso Soup とろろ昆布味噌汁 - 唐揚げ Deep fried chicken KARAYAMA からあげ からやま
Karaage KARAYAMA からあげ からやま / YUKARI 縁 - Deep Fried chicken Shop in Japan 唐揚げ
Some international tourists whom I met said that their favorite Japanese food is Karaage.I wonder if fried chicken is well known around the world. Some say that the Japanese fried chicken tastes different from other ones. Also Japanese Karaage is more...

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.

Umibudo 海ぶどう (Umibudo Green Caviar / Sea Grapes)

Umibudo Green Caviar Sea Grapes Okinawan Cuisine MIYARABI 沖縄宮廷 琉球料理 みやらび 海ぶどう丼

Umibudo 海ぶどう

Umibudo Green Caviar Sea Grapes Okinawan Cuisine MIYARABI 沖縄宮廷 琉球料理 みやらび 海ぶどう丼
Umibudo (Sea Grapes, Green Caviar) Bowl at an Okinawan Cuisine MIYARABI in Tokyo 沖縄宮廷 琉球料理 みやらび 海ぶどう丼
Umibudo is one of the Japanese delicacies. It is called Sea Grapes or Green Caviar in English. Umibudo is unique in texture like caviar.

Japanese traditional confectionery

A strawberry and red bean rice cake ICHIGO DAIFUKU いちご大福
This is a Japanese confectionery called Ichigo Daifuku. Sweet red bean paste and a whole strawberry is coated with a sticky rice cake.

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