The Benefits of Wakame Seaweed Salad

There are so many interesting and unique dishes that have originated from the Asian continent – Hugo Chetcuti’s kitchen kings have tried to incorporate as many of them as possible into their fusion-inspired menu at Hugo’s Lounge. One of them is none other than Japanese seaweed. No, seriously – pick your jaw up off the floor and use it instead to get chomping! Read on to discover more about the bonafide health benefits that this awesome alga contains.

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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