I don’t know about you but when it comes to me, each time I really like something eaten out, all I can think about is “how am I going to re-make this at home?”.
Steam is a very special take-away restaurant which lies close to where I work. There are two other Steam places in Stockholm and they are all run by a couple of health conscious Swedes with an appreciation for Asian cuisine. They do everything from scratch, daily, using good quality ingredients and are sorta famous for they freshly made dumplings. I love their dumplings (who doesn’t) but what totally wowed me is their unique vegan salad. I hope they don’t mind if I have tried to re-make it at home. It was simply too good to eat it all alone without sharing the pleasure with my family and friends (you gals and guys who are reading this).
As I mentioned, the flavor is absolutely fantastic and mostly conferred by a lovely Asian-style vinaigrette based on sesame paste and sesame oil, vinegar, tamari and a hint of wasabi. With such a condiment the crunchiness of the iceberg salad and of the carrots is perfectly paired with the chewiness of the rice noodles, cucumber, marinated tofu and seaweed. I don’t know which was the seaweed in the salad, but I preferred to use Nori. Allow me a little health digression about this particular type of edible seaweed. Nori (which all of us have eaten as a “sushi holder”) is the only non animal source of vitamin B-12 which is actually bioavailable -bioavalable means that our body can assimilate it- and we need B-12 for our heart to stay healthy (because of a pretty complicated series of biochemical processes that I am not going to describe here). Anyway, this salad is free from meat or eggs or cheese and still is complete with all we need, including proteins and precious vitamins. I am still an omni, as someone nicely calls us people who eats everything, but I sympathize with vegetarians and vegans and try to keep meat consumption to a minimum. For environmental and, why not, ethical reasons. So when I discovered through this salad that seaweed could taste sooo good if served with the right condiment I was jubilant (and still am) and I truly HAD TO share it. Recipe below.
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