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  Iron Chef - Konnyaku
From: "Russell Coker" cokerra at bellsouth.net> on 2005.11.18 at 07:26:11(13546)
Hi Everyone,

I thought I'd add my 2 cents about konnyaku. Back in the mid '80's I lived
way out in the country between Nikko and Kanuma in Tochigi Prefecture. As
it turns out, A. konjac is a pretty important crop in Gunma, Fukushima and
Tochigi Prefectures. One of my best friend's family farmed it exclusively,
but I don't ever remember smelling it in bloom - thank God. Can you imagine
acres of that stench?

In the spring the corms are ground into flour that is kneaded with water and
formed into blocks. These blocks are then simmered in some sort of alkaline
solution. While the aroma is quite appetizing as it cooks, I found the end
product to be just the opposite. The finished konnyaku was a gelatinous
glob that is sliced thin and eaten like sashimi or added to other dishes.
Honestly, I don't remember any particular taste. It was the texture that,
well, grossed me out. It was like chewing on a big piece of gristle and
seemed to get bigger with every chew! But in all fairness I was 19 at the
time, very new to Japan and I was having a hard time adjusting to a Japanese
"country" diet.

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From: Don Martinson llmen at wi.rr.com> on 2005.11.18 at 12:34:29(13548)
It was the texture that, well, grossed me out. It was like
chewing on a big piece of gristle and seemed to get bigger with
every chew!

As some may recall, there was a candy product which contained this
stuff and was ultimately banned because of a choke hazzard in young
children - the stuff wouldn't dissolve!

--
Don Martinson

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From: "Shirley Sommers" scooterbugss at charter.net> on 1969.12.31 at 16:00:00(13551)
Hiya Russell ........ from another newbie to the list.

Re : the fields of konjac.

Do you think it is possible they de-flowered the Konjac ?

Otherwise as you said , the stench would be overpowering.

That's all for now. I'll go back to lurking.

I am new to this aroid addiction .( like I needed another plant addiction )

I suppose it will take awhile before I have anything to contribute.

But I am 'here' everyday .

Shirley

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From: piaba piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2005.11.20 at 12:51:58(13553)
--- Don Martinson wrote:
> > It was the texture that, well, grossed me out.
> It was like
> >chewing on a big piece of gristle and seemed to get
> bigger with
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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2005.11.21 at 01:45:43(13556)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Sunday, November 20, 2005 8:51 PM
To : Discussion of aroids
Subject : Re: [Aroid-l] Iron Chef - Konnyaku

Dear Tsuh yang and Friends,

I guess these infidels had better stick to Idaho and Yukon Gold potatoes and
turnips!
You wondered what A. paeon. tastes like, it is available here in Florida in
cans at the Indian Grocery, called 'Suran' or Elephant yam. It USED to be
available as whole fresh tubers, but I have not seen them in ages. I hear
that it tastes like Dracontium tubers, which taste like a doughy Colocasia!

The Best,

Julius

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From: Jason Hernandez mossytrail at earthlink.net> on 1969.12.31 at 16:00:00(13559)
>that is not accurate. the choking hazzard was due to
>the size of the candy, which is offered in small cups
>of fruit-flavored jelly.

Small cups of fruit flavored jelly... I wonder if this is the stuff I remember in Taiwan. At our bushiban's Christmas party, we had loads and loads of tiny cups of gelatin, which we teachers would hand out to the kids who won a round of the games we ran. I assumed it was regular gelatin, so I never bothered to check the ingredients (not that I could have read the Chinese characters for konjak). In Taiwan, one can certainly find a great many Japanese products.

Jason Hernandez

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From: piaba piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2005.11.21 at 17:13:15(13562)
hi jason,

> Small cups of fruit flavored jelly... I wonder if
> this is the stuff I remember in Taiwan. At our
> bushiban's Christmas party, we had loads and loads
> of tiny cups of gelatin, which we teachers would
> hand out to the kids who won a round of the games we
> ran. I assumed it was regular gelatin, so I never
> bothered to check the ingredients (not that I could
> have read the Chinese characters for konjak). In
> Taiwan, one can certainly find a great many Japanese
> products.

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From: Susan B honeybunny442 at yahoo.com> on 2005.11.21 at 18:33:35(13563)
The small cups of fruit flavored jelly hold a square piece of almost flavorless konjac (or what I always assumed was the konjac part). You can see a photo of it here: http://www.acresofaroids.com/images/A_konjac_candy_with_fruit_jelly.jpg There is also a small amount of juice in the cup, which usually squirts out at you when you peel off the foil cover. Susan
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