I was at a Korean restaurant recently, and they served a seaweed salad that was so appetizing I wanted to make it myself. And it is SUPER EASY. You basically soak the seaweed, drain it, and pour chilli sauce over it. But don’t worry, I’m not going to just leave it at that!
Seaweed is not for everyone, but I spent some time growing up in Korea so I learned to love it from a young age.
I’ve always known that seaweed helps with weight loss as it boosts metabolism. It’s also full of vitamins so it’s great for the skin! Maybe that’s why the Koreans and Japanese are so thin because they eat so much seaweed. I realize diet definitely plays a huge role when I see Asians in general are quite small sized while there are huge obesity problems here and in the States. I like to see evidence of the research though, and found out that not all seaweed have anti-obesity properties. Only those that are brown and part of the kelp family contain these properties. And Wakame is a type of brown kelp. You can find the research article here. But of course, exercise and diet are very important for weight loss and you can’t just rely on eating kilos of seaweed. It’s also very important what type of exercise you do, but I’m veering off into another topic here (what can I say, I’m a physio!).
Now on to the cooking!
Dried Wakame seaweed
Small piece of carrot, sliced very thinly
1 tbsp Korean chilli paste (Gochujang)
1 tsp Korean chilli powder (Gochugaru)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar or honey
1 tsp garlic granules (you can use finely minced garlic, I just didn’t have garlic at the time)
1 tsp white wine vinegar (rice vinegar might be better if you have it)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp warm water (or more if you want it runnier)
- Soak the dried seaweed in warm water until soften. Make sure the water is not too hot or the seaweed will become very soft and slightly soggy. It only takes about 15 minutes or less. This is what it looks like dried.
This is what it looks like when it has expanded. Rinse it in cold water and put aside.
- Mix all ingredients for the chilli sauce in a bowl.
- Snip pieces of the seaweed (some can be quite long) into a bowl. Put the carrot slices on top. Drizzle the chilli sauce over it and mix well. I didn’t mix it for photo purposes or you can’t really see the chilli sauce.
It was very similar to what I had at the restaurant (if not better *grin*). So simple, so easy, so healthy, so delicious.