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02-04-2005, 09:28 PM
I just purchased my very first pack of raw nori sheets. I plan to do a search to find all the threads on nori as I know I've seen some here where people posted their favorite ways to use it and I know that Cassy has a fondness for it :p
But my question is, I tasted a tiny piece of one and it's fishy (no surprise there) but I wonder if after you put stuff in it, does the flavor of the inards of the nori roll kinda cancel out the fishiness or does it still stand out strong or what?
Thanks in advance!
02-04-2005, 09:45 PM
I was just off to bed when I saw your post!
I find that it tastes a bit less fishy when stuff is in it. I mean, it is not gone so much that you could wrap bananas in it as a dessert, (although some do that :) ) I would still consider it "fish like" in flavor. But it grows on you.
But then, I grew up living next to the ocean, so I have a fondness for fish and sushi, so I might be biased...:)
It tastes nice torn into little pieces in a regular salad too.
02-04-2005, 09:49 PM
So, I guess to "break me in" I'll use it with maybe mock salmon pate or faux tuna...things like that until it grows on me.
02-04-2005, 10:10 PM
WOW I am so envious.Wish we had raw nori here, I have only found 2 brands here so far and they are both toasted nori sheets.
I used to live in Australia but here in NZ it is even harder to find stuff!!
02-04-2005, 11:56 PM
Okay, here's what I learned from Jinjee and Storm's site....
If nori sheets are bought from an Asian source, if there are any lil' fishies caught up in the seaweed when they process it, they simply grind lil' Nemo up in the mix.
However, if you get your nori sheets from a North American source, this doesn't happen. I always hated the fishy taste of Nori but I haven't been able to find a North American site yet.
If this is true, they're duping a lotta people!
02-05-2005, 09:54 AM
WOW - my first laugh of today and boy did I need it -grubd up the little nemo - that's funny,
RAWKIN - the fish taste is there, but as Cassy said, it does grow on you. When i first started, I used strong taste things because of the taste, and I just begin to love them. Now Alissa'a almost Tuna, really becomes all most tuna in those.
Lunch idea, Lunch idea - my hubby will get some instructions - also the pimento cheese is good in it.
Sharon in Colorado
02-05-2005, 09:59 AM
I find them a lot fishier than the toasted kind, even with a lot of fillings. The key is to get a lot of flavor in the fillings you use, and use lots of nama shoyu and japanese horseradish, wasabi, for dipping. That will 'drown out' (heh) the fishiness more.
02-05-2005, 01:22 PM
I like the taste of nori- but I know what you mean. I find that when I stuff them with a mashed avocado, cuc sticks, shredded carrot, a little red onion, red bellpepper strips, lettuce, and a few diced up jalapeno peppers the taste it awesome and the heat from the peppers makes the fishy taste a little more nutural...
A word of advice: When you stuff your wrap, try to use the driest ingredients to touch the sheet of Nori- like if you use lettuce, wash it way in advance, and leave it on a paper towel for a while to get the mositure out. If you don't, your wrap will be limp and the fish taste will be a lot stronger and less appitizing in general- :)
02-05-2005, 10:46 PM
Try slices of avocado, julienned carrot and sauerkraut. Sounds weird, but everyone who I've given it to has loved it! I've also recently made a "reuben" roll. Alissa's swiss cheese spread as a base, a light sprinkle of caraway seed, a layer of smashed avocado and a good helping of sauerkraut. Seriously yummy!
02-09-2005, 01:18 PM
I too have the raw nori, very expensive, and I haven't been able to try it, because of the fishy smell. I haven't eaten any meat, fish etc for over 10 years, so this is really repulsive to me.
I was thinking of not wasting my money, by feeding it to my dog, but maybe I will try the toona recipe of Alissa's and then I can always give that to my dog.
02-09-2005, 06:39 PM
funny...i think i like the raw nori better than what i remember of toasted nori (from sushi rolls in a past life :) ). i get raw ones at my coop and it is about 4 bucks for 7 sheets....what do other people pay for them?
i know there is a website that sells different varities of seaweed for a decent price. it is the same place that sells miso master miso for good price too....someone awhile back posted the link in response to a question about dulse i think (i could be getting it all confused tho). i will try to find the link again and post it here, for those who can't get any raw nori locally.
02-09-2005, 06:44 PM
wow! 2.80 for 10 sheets.....forget my CO-OP! I am buying it here (and stocking up!)
02-09-2005, 07:07 PM
Hi Rawkinlocs :)
I've made quite a bit of raw sushi and no matter what I use inside, I find there is still a fish flavor that comes out of the seaweed. For me this is okay, since I really love nori, but if you don't like fish taste, you might not like nori rolls.
One thing I found indispensable for making nori rolls is to have one of those bamboo rollup mats. You put your nori sheet on it, add all your ingredients and you use this mat to roll it all up, making sure to stop for a moment to tighten the roll as you go along. It also helps to stick your finger in some water and run your finger along the edge once you reach the end and this acts like a seal.
Now I'm really really craving nori rolls! :D
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