Under the sea(weed)

Hiyashi Wakame, Oto’s Marketplace

I’m a fan of weird textures. I love the pop of masago sprinkled on sushi rolls. I appreciate the roles played by crispy, chewy and everything in between across a variety of cuisines. So when I happen to visit Oto’s Marketplace for crunchy wasabi peas (and cute trinkets), I always pick up some of its delicious house-made Hiyashi Wakame ($3.46 for a small container). Thin strips of algae-green seaweed are tossed in a light sesame dressing and packed fresh daily. It’s a bit of a slimy mouthfeel, but the seaweed is always al dente making it a textural party at lunchtime, or anytime, really. 4990 Freeport Blvd., otosmarketplace.com.