A Seaweed by any Other Name…
The actual name of this Japanese sea vegetable is wakame. It’s usually of a dark green of brown colour and is often also used in Chinese and Korean cuisine. Subtly sweet with a briny tang, it has now become a staple in plant-based and vegan diets all over the world.
It’s Great for Bones
Because it’s high in calcium content, wakame is great for improving the strength and resilience of our bones. About 150mg of calcium are found in every 100g of raw wakame, making it a great source of nutrition especially for those looking to prevent conditions such as osteoporosis.
It Maintains Healthy Hair and Skin
Rich in antioxidants and many other minerals, wakame helps to rejuvenate and moisturise skin, leaving it with a healthy glow. Moreover, it also aids keratin formation in the body, leading to thicker and more luxurious-looking hair.
It’s Full of Vitamins
Wakame contains Vitamin A, B2, C, D, E, and K. Combined together, all of these vitamins promote a more robust immune system, enhance nerves and muscles, and provide a rich source of riboflavin (Vitamin B2). The latter boosts energy and red blood cell production.
How do Hugo Chetcuti’s chefs prepare wakame?
Feast on our Salmon and Tuna Tartare, served on a mouth-watering mountain of avocado, strawberries, grapes, cherry tomatoes – and of course, accompanied by authentic Japanese wakame sea salad. The dressing is prepared using sweetened lemon juice together with coriander and mirin.
Is your stomach rumbling yet? We hope so! Come over and sample the wonders of wakame at Hugo’s Lounge, one of Hugo Chetcuti’s most popular eateries in St. Julian’s. Don’t forget to glance at the rest of our menu as well and see if you fancy sharing any other yummy plates with friends or family.
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