05/03/2009

Kelp Noodles - Raw?


So, here’s my question. I bought some kelp shreds (pictured) and also some kelp noodles in London’s Chinatown recently. I love the texture of sea spaghetti so wanted to try out the kelp noodle craze that seems to be going on in the raw community. However, whilst the kelp shreds (like sea spaghetti) do seem to resemble sea material as it appears in nature (albeit shredded and dried), retaining both colour and taste, kelp ‘noodles’ just don’t. I’m not obsessive or even trying to pick an argument, as I realise that some of the dried fruit and also some of the nuts and other seaweeds I consume are unlikely to be officially ‘raw’ and I’m ok with that, but kelp noodles just don’t seem to resemble anything like natural kelp. Is it just me, or does anyone else think the same?

UPDATE
Clearly I’m not the only one pondering this (see this link) and this too, so it’s really down to individuals to make their own minds up about how much ‘processing’ they want their food to undergo. The Sea Tangle Noodle Company as well as posting some info, sells packs of 12 for $33 plus shipping (i.e. $2.75 a pack). The kelp shreds from Chinatown cost, if I remember rightly, £1.50 per pack.

2 comments:

Gail said...

Hello! I stumbled across your blog whilst looking where to buy kelp noodles in London. Do you have any idea which shop you bought them from? or are they readily available?

thanks

Gail

Solar Oven said...

Hi Gail

If you walk down Gerrard Street heading for Piccadilly it's one of the Chinese supermarkets on your right hand side.

Otherwise, you can buy the Sea Tangle noodles at Raw Living:
http://www.rawliving.co.uk

Hope this helps!