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Greasy - way too much corn oil
on May 14, 2013
Update January 30, 2014: I discovered why Japanese seaweed salad tastes so good. It mixes seaweed, whether dried or fresh, with rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, just a little salt and sugar, a little ginger juice, sesame seeds and finely chopped scallions. No corn oil.
End of update.
This product has way too much corn oil.
When roasted seaweed products first got marketed in U.S. major stores, they contained sesame oil and later started mixing in canola oil and recently a lot of corn oil. They use so much that the thin squares are very greasy - way greasier than usual for seaweed snacks.
Corn oil doesn't work as well with the natural seaweed taste. The best seaweed snacks use only olive oil but they're expensive. The next best use only sesame oil. Then comes sesame mixed with canola, then sesame mixed with corn oil.
I notice when I eat some, I am disappointed with the taste compared to other seaweed snacks but my hands actually get very oily. Everything I touch gets oily. Also, this type of oil isn't agreeable with my stomach.
Update January 10, 2014:
Whenever I had guests, I'd open one of these packages and have them try. Nobody would try more than one or two. I could not give away unopened packages. I threw out the remaining packages yet I continue to buy several other Kirkland brand items when I'm at Costco.