Seaweed. It doesn’t sound great, granted. But what if we called it hiyashi wakame? Done right, the stuff you get tangled up in at the beach can also be a tasty treat. For our ocean issue, we went to a few of our favorite spots and sampled the seagoing salad bar.

Sky Thai Sushi

For a number of years, Sky Thai has been committed to tasty takes on both Thai and Japanese cuisine. Their version of hiyashi wakame is a vinaigrette salad with carrots.

Tee Jay Thai Sushi

Tee Jay, with locations in Wilton Manors and northeast Fort Lauderdale, also does a great line in Japanese seaweed salad. And they deliver if you want your seaweed to come to you.

Sasaya Japanese Market

This tiny place in the Gateway Shopping Center is a snug slice of Japan in Fort Lauderdale. It’s basically a one-room shop and grocery store with a food counter in back and a couple tables up front. Everything – including the seaweed salad – is entirely authentic.

Coco Asian Bistro

This stylish spot in the Harbor Shops off Cordova Road does some of the best Japanese food in town in modern, elegant surroundings. You’ll never feel so fancy eating seaweed.

Kubo Fusion Street Food & Sushi

We love the way KUBO chucks in a bit of everything – Korean bulgogi, Thai panang curry, Filipino pancit – this menu gets around. Have some Japanese seafood salad as part of an Asian culinary tour.


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