Winged Kelp Rolls (Kobumaki)

Winged Kelp Rolls
Kobumaki is a Japanese dish that is typically served during Osechi Ryori – the traditional Japanese new year feast. The feast is comprised of several small dishes that each represent a wish for the new year; fertility, prosperity, good fortune, good health, and happiness. Kobumaki represents happiness, because kobu sounds similar to the Japanese word for happiness – yorokobu. Therefore, this dish is thought to bring good luck! Although kobumaki are traditionally filled with salmon, we’ve provided a vegetarian alternative with onion, carrots and cabbage. The strips of winged kelp are delicate to the touch and easily biteable, with a lovely umami flavour that brings everything together.
This recipe makes about 12 rolls
Cooking time: 20 minutes


2 long winged kelp strips (around 120-150 cm)
1 onion
3 carrots
¼ cabbage
2 garlic cloves
3 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds


Blanch the winged kelp. When cold, remove the stems and cut the seaweed into 12-15 cm stripes.
Cut the onion, the carrots and the cabbage into thin strips. Crush the garlic.
Sauté the garlic and the onion in a frying pan with sesame seed oil until golden.
Season with soy sauce and rice vinegar.
Add the stripes of cabbage and carrot and sauté 2-3 minutes longer, until cooked but still crunchy. Let the vegetables cool down.
Fill the winged kelp stripes with a bit of the vegetable mixture and roll.
Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

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Whole leaf dried winged kelp. Similar to Japanese wakame, winged kelp has a fresh and slightly nutty flavour. We use winged kelp as the base for many of our products due to its versatile nature and well-balanced flavour profile. Simmer the dried winged kelp in hot water for a couple of minutes for a vibrantly green vegetable that will liven up a huge variety of dishes. Garnish your soups and salads with small pieces of rehydrated kelp to enhance flavour, nutrition and texture. Get creative in the kitchen with this delicious ocean vegetable.
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