Food trends are constantly evolving in Japan. For context, 7-Eleven is the largest convenience store chain here, releasing over 100 new food products weekly. Of course, this means older products are disappearing at an equally brisk pace, but now and then, an unexpected hit emerges, and it starts showing up everywhere.
This week’s recipe was inspired by one of those foods. It’s a type of furikake called ふりかけるザクザクわかめ which translates to “Crispy/Crunchy Wakame for Sprinkling.” Savory, sweet, and redolent of toasted sesame, it’s delicious on rice but even better sprinkled on steamed snap peas, broccoli, or spinach as a sort of dry dressing that seasons while adding sparks of crispy goodness.
It’s been so popular that stores are often sold out, and I’ve become so addicted I decided it’s high time I figured out how to make a copycat version at home!
WARNING: Avoid tasting the wakame once you start frying it. It gets extremely hot (think caramelized sugar) and will instantly burn your mouth if you try and taste it.
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