TJ’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks


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Wow these are good! But what is “Trader Joe’s Roasted Seaweed Snack”? If you don’t have a clue, these are basically Japanese nori (seaweed dried into sheets) – actually these are “yaki” (roasted) nori, however I can tell these are not Japanese but the Korean version (and no doubt come from a Korean supplier). Korean ‘nori’ have other ingredients, such as sesame oil added which gives a wonderful aroma and nutty taste. They are also ‘looser’, more delicate and not as dense structurally as Japanese nori, so break apart very easily. Therefore they are harder to roll stuff up in, the way you would do with sushi for example. But I do find the Korean kind tastier. And these “Roasted Seaweed Snacks” are so delicious. Yes you can eat them as “snacks” as named; eaten like this, a package will vanish FAST! They are addictive. However they are good any way you would employ nori. I have made sushi hand-rolls with them (very carefully so they don’t fall apart). Fantastic.

A pack of these goes for the magical TJ price of 99 cents (and yes I’ve seen better prices for similar ones at Korean supermarkets but you might not have one of those near you) Its still not a bad deal at all as they give you a good number of these small square sheets.

Now I have read this is a “polarizing Trader Joe’s product” meaning you either love it or hate it. Huh? Me, I love them and would say if you haven’t tried these, pick up a pack and check them out for yourself. They are a “healthy snack”. As with so many TJ items, you may be instantly hooked and grab them every time you see them (and no I don’t get paid for this folks, or get free samples. I wish!) My local TJ’s is actually putting them right by the Checkout line… next to the chocolates! That must mean something!

Do as the Japanese do: Try making thin strips of them. Take 2 or 3 sheets. Cut into strips as thinly as you can. Sprinkle strips on top of…. well almost anything. They will add interesting flavors to: rice, salads, fish, chicken, meats…experiment! Try wrapping some food in them too, instead of bread or a taco (maybe two together for added strength?) I love them with “Spicy Tuna” and some sushi style rice. Put a sheet in your hand, top with some rice and top that with some Spicy Tuna. Gently fold into a tube and pop that tasty morsel into you mouth. Yum Yum Yum!

I found a very good post about them on this blog; take a look.

If you are want more information including the Nutrional Info, I found TJ’s product description for them online (PDF) – turns out I was right about guessing Korean origin.

Here’s what TJ’s has to say:

THE ROASTED SEAWEED SNACK STORY

It all started under the sea with an edible red algae (genus Porphyra), which is now commonly known as nori. Around the 8th century, evidence of nori surfaced in Japan as a type of culinary paste. It wasn’t until the Edo period (1603-1868) that sheets of nori were invented through a method of paper-making. Skip forward a few hundred years, and nori becomes a sensation across the globe—for sushi, snacking and seasoning. So Trader Joe’s knows, it’s now or nori. Our Roasted Seaweed Snack features nori from Korea that is roasted with a touch of oil (sesame & canola) and sea salt, then cut into strips. That’s it. It’s light, crunchy, ocean-salty and nuanced with an intriguing nutty flavor. It’s so good, it proves hard to keep in stock. Especially at 99¢ for a package.

UPDATE!

PS – I found this and had to add it…. this is hysterical!

“Korean flavored nori is increasingly popular in Japan, also as a topping for white rice. You could also eat flavored nori just on its own, but you should resist the urge to do it when in polite company: eating flavored nori as a snack is considered fairly vulgar (which doesn’t mean people don’t do it!)”

 see mid page about flavored nori ; original post:    http://kanakoskitchen.com/whatyouneed/seaweed/

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mar
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 13:50:08

    Super blog post! Feel like we are kindred spirits, enjoying a delicious snack!! I am so grateful Trader Joe’s has these in stock regularly now. Thanks for the link connection, too. I like the layout of your blog. Looks sleek and modern!

    Reply

    • promacnyc
      Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:10:28

      Kamsamida! Thanks for the kind feedback; your blog is great; I loved the Korean yaki onigiri grilled rice balls video; want to make them now and wrap in some Korean nori. Charred rice (o-kogi) is so good.

      Reply

  2. Rachel
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 13:00:13

    Ha so funny I just posted a tweet about these snacks and then saw your post about them – DAMN they’re so good. I need to start buying more packets at a time, as they get eaten rather too quickly, as you mention!

    Reply

    • promacnyc
      Apr 25, 2011 @ 19:02:13

      Thanks Rachel; great minds think alike! PS If you go to Chinatown, I found similar Korean yaki nori packages for only about $1.50 for 3 packs

      Reply

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