A few weeks ago, you learned about Tao Kae Noi Crispy Seaweed and the wonders of Taokaenoi Land. (Apparently it’s three words when it refers to seaweed, but only one word when it refers to a seaweed-related gift shop.)
Tempura seaweed originally appeared to be completely out of reach, short of making a trip to Taokaenoi Land itself, which wouldn’t be possible after recent budget cuts. Fortunately, a serendipitous visit to an import store brought a little piece of Taokaenoi Land right to the Armenian Fungus Cake testing laboratory. The Taokeonoi Man must have been smiling down upon us that day, because in addition to the normal seaweed snack selection, there was a bag of none other than spicy tempura seaweed.
Tao Kae Noi Tempura Seaweed is just like the thin strips of crispy seaweed we sampled before, except it’s coated on one side with a thick layer of fried tempura batter. This particular bag is the “Hi Tempura” variety; I don’t know if there is also a “Lo Tempura” variation, or if it’s simply an informal greeting directed at the crispy batter. Either way, there certainly is plenty of tempura to go along with the thin pieces of crispy seaweed.
Tempura turns out to be a terrific way to transform an otherwise healthy snack into a crunchy fried treat, and it certainly tastes good in the process. This was spicier than the original Spicy Crispy Seaweed and of course a lot crunchier. Like its non-tempura counterpart, it’s also “delicious with good nutrients from the sea”.
Here’s hoping that this positive review will lead the Taokaenoi Man to smile upon us again, perhaps with a bag of Tom Yum Goong Crispy Seaweed.