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Stockholm's Steam Magical Vegan Salad

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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).

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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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I am sending this recipe to Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted this week by Terry from Crumpets & Co created by Kalyn di Kalyn’s Kitchen and organized by Haalo, Cook (almost) anything at least once

and to

Made With Love Mondays, created and organized by Javelin Warrior’s Cookin with Luv.

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Barbara Elisi

Hi there! I am the "soul" behind Bread & Companatico. My main interest is the preservation of bread tradition and craft, with an eye to health. I hope you are having a good time reading this blog, and please don't be shy to connect with me through comments or emails and do keep on bread-ing! 🙂

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20 replies
  1. Veronica
    Veronica says:

    My goodness this sounds absolutely fabulous! The flavor and texture combination is a winner for sure. I always plan to recreate restaurant faves but never get around to it. Go you! (P.S. I’m using my hubby’s dinosaur computer to visit the blogs I can no longer comment on – see how special you are?!) 🙂

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  2. Janet
    Janet says:

    Maybe seaweed in salads is a Baltic thing. We had this wonderful dark, crunchy and unidentifiable salad in St. Petersburg. Our waiter called it ‘sea cabbage.’

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  3. Karin Anderson
    Karin Anderson says:

    A very tempting salad – and a beautiful presentation! The one thing I would love to recreate is a Hazelnut Espresso Brownie, containing coarse ground coffee, that Aurora Provision in Portland/ME used to offer. To my great chagrin they discontinued it, and I have never been able to achieve the same great taste.

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    • Barbara
      Barbara says:

      I know what you mean… this time I have been lucky remaking this salad at home, but other times it has been more difficult to recreate recipes without… a recipe 🙂

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  4. Stacysaurus
    Stacysaurus says:

    Ooooh I so want to try this. But what is the “marinated tofu”? Something you can make or is something you must buy?

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    • Barbara
      Barbara says:

      you find it already made in supermarkets. it is a great way to use tofu as it is less compact than regular tofu and can be eaten just as it is, crumbled in salads. it is also supposed to be healthier than other sources of soy. hope you try the salad soon!

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  5. narf77
    narf77 says:

    What an amazing and beautiful looking salad! Did you invent it? If so, you are a very clever girl :). If you didn’t, you are STILL a clever girl to share it with us all :). Love the salad and will be making it as soon as the weather gets up over the -C here in Tasmania 🙂

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    • Barbara
      Barbara says:

      thanks Narf, and I was thinking of you when writing about “omni”. read through the post and you will be able to judge yourself how clever I am (lol). sure thing I give myself clever points for re-creating this salad without a recipe 🙂

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  6. Amy Tong
    Amy Tong says:

    I am like you too, love to re-create things I’ve tried at restaurants in my own kitchen. This salad looks and sound amazing. For sure will please quite a few of my vegan friends. I’m book marking this to make on my next gatherings. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. Javelin Warrior
    Javelin Warrior says:

    You’re so right – when I really enjoy something at a restaurant, I’m often left thinking to myself about how I could remake the same experience at home. This salad looks amazing – I love the presentation – and so healthful!

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  8. Karen
    Karen says:

    This salad looks very good. We go to a pizza restaurant in New Hampshire that makes a similar salad but without the tofu that is terrific and I can imagine that this one is as well.

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  9. Kristiana
    Kristiana says:

    They now have Expandex on Amazon.com, it may be out of stock as I think I bought the last but I had tried to order last time they sold out and they sent me an email that it was back. It does not last long before being sold out. I got me email yesterday and went straight away and got the last!

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  10. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    This salad looks delicious and healthy and beautiful! I would like to make it but there is no recipe! Am I looking in the wrong place or . . . ?

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