White Seaweed Salad
Garlic Mayonnaise, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Sea Salt
White seaweed salad makes a unique sea vegetable banchan (side dish). Seaweed “noodles,” also called kelp noodles, are made from kelp, water, and sodium alginate. Sodium alginate is extracted from the cell wall of brown seaweed. It is used as a stabilizer, thickener, and emulsifier in many common foods. In modernist cuisine it is used as the cold gelling agent to form spheres that have a thin membrane and are filled with a flavored liquid – a technique called spherification, pioneered back in 2003 by Chef Ferran Adrià at El Bulli.
Kelp noodles are fat-free, gluten-free, and low in carbohydrates and calories, and rich in oceanic trace minerals. They have a neutral taste and surprisingly crunchy texture with a curious elasticity. Here, the salad is made with minimal preparation – the noodles are served raw, simply rinsed and coated with a garlicky mayonnaise, toasted sesame seeds and sea salt. The result is an unusual side dish that pairs especially well with spicy Korean dishes.
White Seaweed Salad Recipe
Use kitchen shears to cut the long seaweed strands into more manageable lengths.
In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise with some minced garlic.
Add seaweed to the bowl and toss with the mayonnaise to lightly coat all the strands, add several shakes of toasted sesame seeds, season with sea salt to taste.
I served the White Seaweed Salad with my Spicy Korean BBQ Chicken (recipe here).