Kelp noodles are clear, very thing noodles made from a sea vegetable called Kelp. They look like rice noodles but they are not “noodles” at all. They have hardly any flavour so they will acquire the taste of the sauce that you use to prepare them. They are raw, a little bit crunchy and very low in calories. Kelp is very dense in nutrients content, has over 70 minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, iodine, iron, and more than 21 amino acids.
Unfortunately, they are not too easy to find in Portugal and, so far, I have only been able to purchase them online.
KELP NOODLES WITH ORANGE AND SESAME SAUCE
1 package of Kelp noodles (340 grams)
Juice of 2 oranges
2 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil
1 clove of garlic minced
2 spring onions thinly chopped
2 teaspoons of minced ginger root
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
1/2 tablespoon of organic raw honey
2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
Himalayan salt and black pepper
To start, open your bag of kelp noodles rinse them well and submerge them in hot water 15-20 minutes, this will help to soften and separate them.
In a bowl combine the orange juice, sesame oil, garlic, spring onion, ginger, cayenne pepper, cilantro, parsley and honey and stir well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Drain the kelp noodles and toss in the sauce. Make sure they are well covered by it. Serve in a plate and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts and sunflower seeds. Bon appétit!