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Nori: From Sea to Sushi
An edible paper chock-full of nutrients, nori makes a long journey from the ocean to the sushi bar. Learn what holds your california roll together with Groupon’s guide to this sensational seaweed.
Sushi is common enough today that most people recognize nori, the dark-green or purple seaweed paper that encases each roll’s ingredients. Not only does nori keep sushi from falling apart, it adds a dose of vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, and potassium to each bite.
In the past, farmers simply plucked naturally grown algae from the sea, cleaned off all the mermaid hairs, and dried it into nori. Today, its life cycle begins in a building that may resemble a swimming pool or bathhouse at first glance: a big, sunny seedling center lined with wide, shallow tanks of seawater. Each tank is lined with oyster shells, which act as mineral-rich food for Porphyra spores. After they’ve been feeding and growing for about five months, it’s time to seed the nets. Rotating drums are wound with synthetic nets, then spun through the tanks for 20–60 minutes to become saturated with spores.
At that point, the operation moves to the sea, where the nets are attached to bamboo poles to continue their life and grow into long, ragged pennants amid the tides. Once harvested, the plants are washed, ground into a pulp, and flattened into sheets. Finally, the sheets are toasted, graded, and readied for consumption, either as the partly rehydrated casing around sushi rolls or by themselves for a snack as healthy and crunchy as toasted Flintstones vitamins.
Ye's Asian Fusion
Eating at Ye's Asian Fusion is almost counterintuitive. The platters of fresh sushi, sashimi, and traditional Asia cuisine are so beautiful, they're almost more art than food. Once customers do finally dismount their colorful towers of shrimp, salmon, and veggies, they discover that the flavors as just as astounding as the presentation. The restaurant uses fresh tuna, salon, yellowtail, and shrimp in its rolls to ensure that each bite is as flavorful as possible. It takes this same approach to cooked entrees, pairing high quality chicken, red snapper, and scallops with crisp asparagus and green peppers to create a wide range of meals including grilled salmon, chicken teriyaki, and seafood yaki plates, all of which are served with the same attention to detail as a work of art.