A seaweed called Lato: Lato Salad

Lato are seaweeds that looks like teeny-weeny grapes.

They are a favorite specially if the meal includes fried fish.It pairs terrific with fried fish, which gets me into thinking..they maybe great with fried porkchops too!

My first encounter with Lato was many years ago, during lunch………… at the neighbors, hee. The neighbor’s daughter was my playmate and one day, after playing through lunch, I caught a glimpse of what her sister was putting on the dining table. It was these tiny green grapes and I haven’t seen it served at our house –ever {my mother is not so adventurous in food}.

So I asked what it was and she told me that it was lato and it is eaten as a salad/side dish together with the fried fish. I told sis about it when I went home. Sis and I went to the market the next day to buy lato and made a salad according to the neighbor’s instruction. It was soooo good. Those little green grapes bursts with salty goodness that goes so well with the sourness of the vinegar and the sweetness of the onions and tomato.

I ate too much Lato Salad that day, I was nauseous after…hee. It was a foodie experience I could never forget. Today, I went to the market and bought P20 {$0.50} worth of lato and paired it with Fried Tilapia.

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A seaweed called Lato {Lato Salad}

Ingredients

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  • 300g Fresh Lato {seaweeds}
  • 2 tomato,chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • salt and sugar to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and clean Lato with water. You can also use salted water.
  2. Mix it with chopped tomato and onion
  3. On a separate bowl combine vinegar, salt and sugar to make the dressing
  4. Pour on lato salad just before serving or you’ll end up with a wilted salad.

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34 Responses

  1. the first photo looks like i want to eat it right here at my screen, so fresh. i wish there is fresh lato in the market this weekend. i love lato salad..

  2. being an island surrounded by seawater, i used to have eaten lots of these, until recently that i have relocated. but back when i was young, it’s just these pear-chains with vinegar and toyo’t calamansi.

  3. Oh wow! I have never seen this! From the first glance, they look like fresh pepper.. but not! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I’ve tasted this seaweed before….absolutely will look for this when we go back to the Philippines for a vacation for a recall on the taste=)

  5. This is something so completely new to me, Peachy . . . but wow, are these beautiful! I would so love to taste them someday! I love most native exotic foods whenever I’ve had a chance to try them! Have a lovely weekend. Also, these are some great photos too!

  6. What a beautiful plant and this looks like a great recipe. If I can find this plant I am going to trip this recipe. I just love the look of this plant. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  7. I remember during our fishing trips (which was aaaages ago) we would pick this up (i think on low tides) and then just dip it in vinegar and dunk it in the mouth. I have never seen this outside the Philippines. This is just awesome. Yum yum yum yum!

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    1. Hello
      We grew up in Sulu province and very familiar with Lato. Lived in North America for long time.
      Many years ago we were able to eat lato (dehydrated and you had to put in cold water)
      It was great. But couldn’t find it after couple of months. .Please inform me if there is such preparation available. Thank you.

  9. Hi there, in relation to your post. I have a proposalfor you. We have a direct plantation of Lato Seaweeds in Cebu. FYI, we used to supply direct to Japan from the past but since our buyer in Japan died, we stopped the transport. Our quality is high and we can send you samples if your interested. we are looking for wholesaler here in Manila just like we had in different provinces. We could transport it in bulk to anyone interested on COD basis only. Please contact me if you are interested, my name is Reynold Ablong you could search me in Facebook. My contact numbers are 09328640265 thanks

  10. Where can I buy lato here in Manila? I just badly needed it for my thesis.. Thanks a lot.

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I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →

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