Ingredient Name:  Seaweed sometimes also known as kelp
Traditional Chinese Name:  海藻 (hǎi zǎo)
Edible Name: 紫菜 (Zicai)
What is this?
  • A type of marine algae that grows in the ocean (salt water and light required)
  • Seaweed resembles and looks like plants
  • For soups, seaweed are dried sheets of Porphyra (a type of red algae used in Wales to make laver)

How do I prepare it?

  • Remove the sheets of seaweed from the package and soak in cool water for at least an hour to rehydrate
  • Rinse the seaweed a few times to remove any dirt and debris

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase sheets of seaweed at most Asian supermarkets

What is the cost?

  • A package of 4-5 sheets of seaweed can cost aorund $5.00 – $6.00 CAD

Any substitutes?

  • Peanuts are an ideal substitute (although be weary of allergies), but they are not as sweet
  • Walnuts are also another ideal substitute

Any benefits?

  • Seaweed is a known source of iodine and Vitamin B12 – necessary for thyroid function and blood cell function
  • It also contains trace minerals such as calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc
  • It is said to assist in cleansing the body of toxic pollutants
  • Seaweed also helps in overcoming poor digestion and prevents osteoporosis
  • It is effective against bronchitis and coughs

Any precautions?

  • Be sure to buy seaweed from a reputable source

Additional Information?

  • Seaweed is considered “cold” to the Chinese
  • Dried seaweed stores very well in dry weather and can keep unrefridgerated for up to 6 months
  • Once the seaweed is soaked and hydrated, it is best to use it immediately