UMI BUDO SEAWEED – JAPANESE SEA GRAPES FROM OKINAWABy
Do you like seaweed? I find it a very versatile ingredient to many dishes. Be it to make appetizer, cook in miso soup, make it as a salad, or for stir fry dishes. The recipes are endless.
But in this post, I would like to introduce another kind of seaweed that can be found in Okinawa Japan, and you might want to try it out in Okinawa restaurants in Singapore.
Umibudo seaweed which is also called Japanese Sea Grapes, or some may called “green caviar” is a kind of seaweed that can be found in deep Okinawa seawater, what is so special is the texture and the look of it. It has tiny bubbles of seaweed that form one piece of umibudo.
The texture might surprise you, the bubbles which looks like tiny sea grapes will breaks in your mouth and release a slightly savory taste, just like freshness air bubbles from the sea.
Ok, let me put it this way, you know how people enjoy pressing those packaging bubbles, you just can’t resist once you started it. 🙂
Umibudo is not only healthy and is very delicious too. They are so popular in Okinawa Japan that it has already moved its way to other parts of Japan, and is gaining quite a lot of fans along the way. Especially during summer time, you can find this in Japanese restaurant as a delicacies.
Umibudo is served uncooked, you just need to lightly wash it to remove the sea water & leave in tap water to soak for a couple of minutes, the bubbles will get all pulpy and firm and can be served with soya sauce & wasabi, salad dressing, placed on rice bowl, salad, tofu, sushi, sashimi & many more, very versatile indeed.
You can find these sea grapes in Okinawa Fair in Singapore, I found that both in Bangkok, during a Japan fair when I was there on holiday and also in Isetan Scotts Okinawa Fair.
You can also try it out in Japanese Okinawa restaurant like Mimigar at Gallery Hotel / Nirai Kanai at Liang Court & Tanglin Shopping Center and also En Japanese Dining. All of them also serve these little precious sea grapes.
I personally like those you can find from the Okinawa Fair, because those tasted fresher and firmer, so I always make sure I will head down to the Okinawa Fair whenever it is available, and buy a pack home.
These are the ones that I bought from Okinawa this year, saved some secret stash at home and will have this only when I whip up some Okinawa recipes.
I will post up the details once I found another Okinawa Fair just around the corner, so you can get to try out this green caviar from the sea. 🙂
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