That’s a useful snack, but the taste is mediocre
I’d like to share my impressions about the Yangaban dry algae produced in Korea with you. For the first time I was given them as a present, just to try some oversea exotics. But all my folks enjoyed them so much that I now order the product deliberately at any occasion.
The algae we got were very hermetically packed in small foil packets, each one weights a bit more than 0.35 oz. The outer side is colorful, but if you look inside you will see it is foil. You can only open the packets using scissors, not with your hands. Inside there are 8 extremely fine dry slices of algae. When in your mouth, the slices swell and, depending on the filling, they can taste more or less salty, a bit oily or nearly blank.
Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to tackle the composition fully as all the inscriptions are in Korean and only a few of them are in English. I’m not that good at Korean, you know. But as far as I understood, the algae should be somehow fried in various vegetable oils: the olive, sesame or perilla ones (the last must be something typically oriental). Some algae have a smack of an unknown root, something between mustard and ginger.
I have no idea of the way the Koreans eat them, but as for us, we take the algae as a snack and round our friends with them. My husband sometimes takes them with his beer instead of dry toasts, nuts and other salty things. I can’t say everyone likes the snack: some of our guests were over the moon about it, while others only ate one slice and politely refused to take one more, and someone is unable to eat one. No wonder, because not all people enjoy the algae…
Speaking about their usefulness, the composition is available on the packaging (see photo3): there is minimum of calories, some salt and some carbo-hydrates. Also, I hope (though it’s not mentioned on the packaging) they include iodine, silicium and other micro-elements that are proper to sea algae. It’s absolutely suitable for those who care about their weight and health.
However, being a person suffering from chronic pancreatitis I wouldn’t advice to eat these algae immeasurably. One packet a day would be a perfect fit. If you take more, you won’t feel too bad, but you may feel some discomfort during the whole day.
I recommend them because they are delicious, but only in case if you don’t mind to consume algae in principle. If you have never tried algae, have a small portion for the first time as the product is specific nevertheless.
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