Happy 4/20! I bet some readers here know what I mean…yes 420 means “weed” (marijana) which is still illegal in a lot of countries including Japan, but well, this is how I enjoy having weed!
I love seaweed. I grew up eating nori (roasted seaweed) wakame (silky seaweed you find in miso soup) mozuku&mekabu (slimy seaweed) etc…you know, there are a variety of seaweed! And once in a while, I crave for wakame seaweed mixed rice and I made another batch with a little addition this time.
Ready to check how I made it? Let’s cook!
Wakame Seaweed Rice Spring Version
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- 2 bowls cooked brown rice (leftover is perfect, but this one works too!)
- 1 teaspoon dried wakame seaweed
- ½ medium carrot – finely chopped
- 1 hand edamame in pod – steamed
- Some salt to taste
- Some black sesame seeds
- Soak wakame seaweed in water for 5~10min. Squeeze excess water and set aside.
- Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
- It’s so good with rice balls, but to make rice balls, I recommend using white, middle grain rice for perfectly sticky rice. (but don’t choose sticky sweet rice…it’s going to be too intense stickiness!)
- Yes, the reason why I call it the “spring version” is because of edamame…the fresh green color gives blooming Spring vibes!
Hmm, I love it! Wakame seaweed rice is kids’ favorite school lunch item and even though my mom never made it at home, I started to make it on my own and feel so nostalgic for a care-free childhood memory.
<Japan and Marijuana>
Personally the smell of marijuana is too intense for me, so I never liked it.
When recreational use of marijuana was legalized, I was in LA and the whole Japanese community, especially parents with kids, were shocked. In schools, we were taught that drugs including marijuana destroys our whole life in every occasion in a special class. Also on the next day when recreational use of marijuana was legalized, the Japanese embassy sent out an email saying Even though smoking marijuana is legalized in LA and a lot more cities, it’s still illegal in Japan so we’re risking arrest if we smoke it and visit Japan. If you smoke and plan visiting Japan, be careful. I don’t know if Japanese police will attempt to arrest you if you smell like it, but well…you don’t want to risk your happy travel time!
Happy (sea)weed Day, everyone!
<Other Sea”weed” Recipes>
Do you know mekabu? Mekabu Seaweed Salad
How about Hijiki? Hijiki Stire Fry
For rice balls, nori is the popular choice as a wrap! Takikomi gohan
Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)