Wakame is a type of Japanese seaweed. Seaweed is very nutritious. I only came to Japanese food very recently and I absolutely love this salad. It is so simple to make but you do need to source the right ingredients. In Berlin you can get these at Asian supermarkets and I suspect the same is true in the UK. In Berlin, large branches of Edeka and Reichelt also sell Japanese ingredients. You can use the same stuff to make your own sushi if you are really keen. More on that in a later post.
A handful of dried wakame seaweed rehydrated with boiling water for ten minutes.
2 teaspoons of each of light soya sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil
Half a thumbnail sized piece of fresh ginger very finely chopped
A good sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds
A teaspoon of honey or sugar
A sprinkling of dried chilli flakes to your taste
Squeeze the water out of the seaweed and chop it finely. Add the seaweed and all of the other ingredients to the bowl and stir. You may need to adjust the taste to ensure the right balance. Don’t be scared as it is hard to get it totally wrong.