Japanese ingredients for your healthy life

Using nori for Japanese dishes

The sky is the limit

Nori is basically a condiment for sprinkling on and wrapping around food. Everyone knows sushi these days, so you know how to wrap sushi with nori with ease. Sprinkling nori is such as great way to use it and it really does go well on dishes such as fried udon, rice, takoyaki, tofu or even on natto (fermented soy bean). If you like the taste and the taste matches the dish youfre putting it on (it really just has to be a savoury dish for the combination to work), you are more than welcome to sprinkle it on or wrap it around anything. But just remember, it is not for cooking or heating so it will not be nice if you do..

 

When it comes to using nori, there truly are a multitude of uses in and on dishes for it. Essentially, how you use it is only limited by ones imagination in the kitchen. To start you off though, here are a few dishes I recommend you try:

 

Sushi wrap (hand roll)
2 cups of sushi rice
4 nori sheets
4 pieces of avocado / bell pepper / cucumber / carrot
4 pieces of teriyaki chicken / smoked salmon / ham / cheese

 

Cut a sheet of nori into quarters then lay out and spread around a layer of sushi rice on the nori sheet. After that you just have to put veggies, meat or fish on, and wrap it around. What you put into it is truly up to your personal taste so go with foods you like but for true japanese style, stick to fresh vegetables such as cucumber and raw or cooked fish. When wrapping it, try to make a triangular shape. The important thing is that you canft wrap that much actually so do not put too much on otherwise you canft wrap it. Itfs basically like a sandwich in that you can put almost anything you want into it and it should taste alright. What a dish!


Try it for yourself

In terms of sushi rice, you have to make it yourself but itfs easy. There is a sachet you can buy from Asian supermarkets called esushi powderf or sushi vinegar, all you need to do is add it in cooked rice and mix. Or you could easily make sushi vinegar at home because the ingredients will definitely be in your pantry. There are only three ingredients you need, white vinegar (rice vinegar), Sugar and salt, thatfs all. Measure out two cups of cooked rice, 1.5 tablespoon of vinegar and sugar, ? teaspoon of salt. You just mix them all and THAT IS ALL. Rice vinegar is the best but it does not really matter if you used normal white vinegar but of course do not use apple cider vinegar which is tastes little wrong.

 

Stir fried udon
2 servings of Udon noodles (2 packets)
3 oz (150g) pork
1/2 carrot
1/3 green pepper
1/3 onion
1 1/2 oz (75g) cabbage
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp soy sauce

 

Cut the pork and vegetables into bite size pieces.
In a frying pan, heat some oil up well at a medium to high heat. Add the pork, and cook until itfs brown. Add carrot, green pepper, and onion and stir fry for a minute. Add cabbage and cook further until the vegetables get lightly wilted. Add the udon into the same pan and cook for a couple of minutes. Season with soy sauce and white pepper if you have it. Top with Katsuobushi (bonito flakes) and NORI (shredded nori sheets this time). You can easily chop up the nori sheet with scissors as much as you like if you donft have shredded nori.

 

Healthy and delicious dishes

As mentioned early, you can wrap or sprinkle nori on pretty much anything as it is so small in flavour so doesnft overpower anything. Yes, it is to add a little flavour but of course as Japanese dishes are always healthy it has a meaning and that is generally its health benefits. Here is just a little information about how nori is good for you below.

 

Nori contains a lot of vitamins and mineral
One sheet (only 3 g) of norifs protein is the same as one fifth of the same amount in milk
One sheet (only 3 g) of nori is the same as one fifth of an egg
It is rich in amino acids
It is a very good source of protein just like soybeans and rice
It contains three times the carotene of carrot
It has twice the vitamins of lemon
It has seven times the flavor of root vegetable
Norifs carotene changes to vitamin A in your body
Norifs vitamin A is good for your skin, corneas, mouth and stomach and keeps your mucous so healthy
It is thought to help prevent cancer
It is thought to help prevent arteriosclerosis
Norifs fibre is mild compared to vegetables so itfs good for your stomach
It contains vitamin B1, B2, calcium, magnesium and iodine

 

Nori is easy to find and itfs cheap. Nowadays, nori distribution is so widespread around the world that we can find it in all Asian supermarkets and almost all domestic supermarkets in reasonably large city. Fortunately, itfs not usually too expensive and it can work out very cost effective if we buy it in bulk and use it on dishes at home. Youfll find nori in many forms when you find it in the shops. The most common way itfs sold is in packs of 10,25, 50 or 100 in a large square shape. This form is very useful as it can be broken into a shape that fits the food. Youfll also find long rectangular sheets that are perfect for making onigiri and many other types too. Generally, the more sheets you buy the cheaper it works out per sheet but the more youfll pay in total of course.

 

If you really like nori and like to use if on lots of things, then itfs certainly worth buying a large pack of 100 and just storing it in the fridge as it should last a few months at least.

 

So, eating food wrapped in nori or sprinkled with nori will absolutely help with your health and give you good nutrition and a yummy dish every time. No wonder Japanese people use nori on a daily basis and they live longer than any other nation. Itfs not only nori, every Japanese condiment has meaning in its use. Letfs start eating it, seaweed is good for you and easy to use because you donft have to cook it.