Why Did The Fish Blush?

BECAUSE THE SEA WEED! Hahahahaa. Yeah. I couldn’t write a post about a Japanese Crispy Seaweed snack without cracking the best joke ever, could I? I picked this packet Tao Kae Noi Spicy Smoked Chicken Flavour Seaweed along with the Mochi Cakes from Miso the other night. I only got them because they were one of the cheapest products on the shelf and I had no idea what to expect! 

When I opened the packet I was surprised to find it was packed full of these long seaweed strips. I don’t really know what I expected actually, but it wasn’t this. They’re quite thick and not dissimilar in texture to the crispy seaweed you have at takeaways. Obviously they’re not hot and come in a much larger preparation! Unlike takeaway crispy seaweed (which is quite often just shredded cabbage) there isn’t a sprinkling of sugar taking the edge off the salty flavour. They’re not very pleasant at first and taste very odd, but after 2 strips you become a little bit addicted to the flavour. They’re not spicy at first either but the more you eat the more the spicy seasoning gets in the back of your throat, in a good way! I can’t taste very much chicken, but that’s OK.

There’s 40g in the pack but it seems like a lot more. Calorie wise they’re quite forgiving as the whole pack would only set you back around 150calories! And there’s no way you can eat more than 4 strips in one sitting. I added them to some of that rancid microwave rice and it was really good. The heat of the rice softened the seaweed and it became a bit more like sushi nori in texture and taste. I think I’ll buy them again as they’re kind of healthy and are good for snacking instead of a bag of crisps. These cost £1.50 for a 40g bag.



  1. March 2, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    Really? Can't eat more than 4 pieces in one sitting? I can down like 2 whole bags in one sitting, lol. But I wouldn't recommend doing it on a regular basis due to the risk of iodine toxicity.

  2. August 21, 2012 / 8:59 am

    I love this stuff! its awesome!


  3. August 17, 2012 / 8:11 am

    I love seaweed Itsu have something very similar 🙂

  4. August 17, 2012 / 5:31 am

    these are right up my street!

  5. August 16, 2012 / 9:56 pm

    They look absolutely minging, but I'm pretty sure I'll be a fan as I bloody love crispy seaweed. Ideal Chinese dinner as far as I'm concerned is an enormous bowl of seaweed, some belly pork and all the soy sauce *licks lips at the thought*. I didn't realise it was part of Japanese cuisine too! Where is this Miso of which you speak? xxx

    • August 16, 2012 / 9:57 pm

      Oh it's a Japanese place in Stoke, I forgot to link to my previous blog post about the mochi cakes from there!

  6. August 16, 2012 / 9:32 pm

    Terri, They look fecking gross. Slightly similar in shape and texture to what Scooby has for snacks but even he says he wouldn't touch them with a barge pole (if he could lift one …that is :/ ) much love xxx

  7. August 16, 2012 / 9:17 pm

    They look fucking weird hahah hmm, interesting! xx

  8. August 16, 2012 / 9:14 pm

    mmm I love crispy seaweed!