And now for something new and completely different… Monty Python
I always loved that Monty Python quote. Actually, this is new and completely different for me. I have eaten sushi and loved it since the 1970s when I had it for the first time at a Chicago Board of Trade press party. I tried making it in the 1980s with a girlfriend and that’s where I encountered nori, the seaweed in which the rice is wrapped to make sushi. But this is different. Not completely different. You can certainly recognize it as the wrapping around your favorite California roll.
I picked up a box of 24 packages at Costco of all places. Very surprising to see a mass retailer selling something that seemed so esoteric. At least to me.
I was attracted to it for a number of reasons. First, it is roasted and slightly salted, but remains 100% natural. I have a sweet tooth, but also a salty tooth. Second, nutritionally, it looked super. A package of about 10 sheets yielded the following: Only 30 calories, fat 2 grams, no cholesterol, sodium 50 mg, carbohydrates 1 gram, fiber 1 gram and protein 1 gram.
One of the packages inside weighs only 5 grams. That is about one-fifth of an ounce. So we are not talking large quantities of snacking material here. Each sheet of the seaweed measures about 2-1/2 X 3-1/2 inches. This is portion control at its finest.
So how did it taste? I enjoyed it very much. I found myself taking about four or five bites out of each sheet. It is difficult to describe the flavor. There is some sesame oil in it as well as a touch of salt. I would call this similar to snacking on the most delicate potato chips you ever ate. They nearly melt on your tongue.
For my money these worked great as a snack because I could chew on them for a while and not accumulate a lot of calories. As with eating chocolate, it pays to take your time. Savor the flavor. Lastly, you need to be an adult about it and not just keep opening another pack. Since the box contains 24 individual packages, you could down a half dozen if you weren’t paying attention and just enjoying the flavor.
So, as with any snack, enjoy it in moderation and you will be fine.
One month update. I have just bought my second box of the roasted and salted seaweed. Love it! I am now accustomed to its delicate flavor. I snack on these (30 calories) instead of potato chips (150 calories). Check ’em out. The last box I bought offered the following additional suggestions:Tastes great with your favorite soups; Excellent topping on your favorite salads; Try it as a unique pizza topping; Just add rice to create your own sushi.
Please see my follow up post of February 9, 2013 as Costco has changed the packaging and supplier of this as well as the serving size.