When I don't feel like eating much on hot days, I eat umeboshi (ume pickles) which are often available at Asian grocery stores. As they are very salty and sour, you might not like the flavor. But it helps stimulate the appetite and also can add a nice flavor to many dishes. For example, they are used in salad dressing, simmering dishes, fried dishes, and lots more. In this dish, wakame seaweed and boiled okra are seasoned with sour umeboshi based sauce. It has a slimy texture and makes a refreshing side dish.
Wakame and Okra with Ume
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