Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Trader Joe Korean Seaweed Salad
Another impulse buy at TJ's. This is the package:
Inside is another packet of dressing and what looks like very little dried seaweed:
After 7-10 minutes of soaking these expand to fill the container you see. It's really quite a lot of seaweed. Each of those little green crumbs expands to become a piece of wakame around 3/4" x 1". You drain this, squeeze out the water, and add the contents of the dressing packet, and what you get is what you see in the photo at the top of this post. That's just a small part of it, about what you'd put out as a side dish in a Korean meal.
So how does it taste? Not as good as it looks. There's too much dressing, and it's kind of gloppy- way too much vegetable gum thickening. I mean, it's passable, but it's nowhere near as good as you'd get in a restaurant. The package comes from Korea, where it's packaged for Trader Joe, and I can't help wondering if they changed it in some way for perceived American tastes. If you feel like trying it, try adding half the dressing, or perhaps try thinning the dressing with some rice vinegar.