Our snap pea vines are doing beautifully this year, and we've had them for dinner almost every night. I try to keep it fresh with new ideas, but I find myself returning to this old favorite that I realized I haven't shared with y'all yet.
The beauty of Japanese cuisine is in its simplicity, and although this isn't a traditional dish, it's the kind of easy salad you can throw together when you have a few tasty ingredients. The sweet crunch of the snap peas combined with the subtle smokiness of toasted sesame seeds provides a palate-pleasing contrast of textures and flavors, while the addition of shiokonbu (salted kelp) imparts loads of umami that tie the elements together.
Shiokonbu, is a Japanese condiment made from thin strips of kelp that have been cooked, salted, and dried. It has an insane amount of umami that acts like a natural MSG, boosting the peas's sweetness and the sesame's earthy flavor.
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