Kombu is a highly nourishing seaweed that’s fairly unknown in the West. Wok on Inn hopes to change that by using it in our cooking!

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The Japanese island of Okinawa is famous for hosting the healthiest people on the planet, who also enjoy the longest lifespans.

In fact, there are more people living to 100 in Okinawa than anywhere else in the world.

One of their secrets is good, wholesome food. The Okinawan diet centres around produce that is high in nutrients and low in calories – fresh vegetables, fruit, tofu and plenty of seaweed.

Kombu seaweed in particular.

What’s so good about seaweed?

If you’re looking for a quick hit of sustenance, then seaweed is your answer – since it contains more vitamins and minerals than any land vegetable. In some cases, 10 to 20 times the amount!

You name it and seaweed has it: folate, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and selenium.

Seaweed is also brimming with antioxidants, fibre and prebiotics.

But most impressive of all is the fact that it’s a rich source of iodine – a nutrient that’s missing in almost every other food and is vital for healthy hormone production, normal growth and development.

People have been eating seaweed for centuries and Kombu is cultivated in the northern waters of Japan.

Kombu the Seaweed King

As far as seaweed goes, Kombu is one of the best types you can get.

This leafy brown kelp is used to boost the endocrine and nervous systems in oriental medicine. Kombu has the highest iodine content of all the seaweeds. It is generally sold dried, but many people prefer to eat it fresh or pickled.

It also aids digestion, and works particularly well when paired with foods that can be harsh on the stomach (like beans).

Although very nourishing, Kombu is still fairly unknown in Australia. Wok on Inn hopes to change that by using it in our cooking!

Which Wok on Inn dishes feature Kombu seaweed?

You can enjoy kombu in any of our dishes featuring teriyaki sauce (such as teriyaki noodles and teriyaki egg noodles).

Our moorish teriyaki sauce is made the traditional way and we even slow cook Japanese kombu, to extract all the goodness that our bodies crave.

What does Kombu taste like?

It has a mild savoury and briny flavour, and doesn’t taste fishy at all. If you buy kombu from the shops, it usually has white powder on the outside, which you shouldn’t wash off, since that’s where all the flavour is.

Is Kombu gluten free?

Kombu itself is gluten free, but it can also be used in dishes that aren’t gluten free. If you have any concerns, you should ask our friendly staff.

Is Kombu vegetarian?

Yes, all seaweeds are vegetarian and can be enjoyed with a steaming bowl of noodles and fresh vegetables. Our Teriyaki noodles dish is both vegetarian and vegan.

If you’d like to try some Kombu while digging into delicious Thai food in Sydney, visit your nearest Wok on Inn, or get delivery. You can also order online!

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