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Konnyaku jelly

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Have you heard of Konnyaku?

 

Konnyaku (蒟蒻) is also known as “konjac, konjaku, devil’s tongue, voodoo lily, snake palm, or elephant yam”. (Can anyone tell why so many eerie nicknames? ). It is a natural food made from a type of mountain potato mixed with calcium hydroxide or calcium oxide extracted from eggshells.

 

It is a traditional Japanese health food and has been consumed for over 2000 years. It appears in many dishes in Japanese cuisine such as oden, sukiyaki and sashimi. Besides that, it is also widely used as a substitute for gelatin in making jelly dessert.

 

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Konnyaku has no fat, low in calories and rich in dietary fiber. Hence, it can bring us many excellent health benefits as below:
a)      normalize cholesterol level.
b)      control sugar level in blood for diabetes.
c)      prevent high blood pressure.
d)      clean toxin in the intestines and prevent intestinal cancer
e)      ideal for weight control as it expands in the digestive system and gives the feeling that the stomach is full.

 

Apart from its nutritional value, Konnyaku jelly yields a firmer and springier texture compared to normal jelly. Because of these two signature qualities, it caught on fast to become a popular household choice for healthy snack after it was first introduced to Singapore and Malaysia about one decade ago.

 

You can find Konnyaku jelly moulds of different types and shapes as shown in the photo below. As for preparing Konnyaku deserts, it’s idiot proof. You only need to follow the simple manufacturer’s instruction on the packaging of the Konnyaku powder, and adding on fresh or canned fruits of your own liking.  Properly supervised, even a kid can do it!

 

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However, parents and caretakers should be aware that jelly products containing Konnyaku may pose choking hazards as it is extremely difficult to remove if it gets stuck down the throat. Thus, it is not suitable to serve children below 4 years old and the elderly. Even for older kids and adults alike, to prevent getting choked unnecessarily, it is recommended that the jelly be first cut or bite into smaller pieces and chewed properly before swallowing.

 

I like to share this jelly desert recipe with you because it uses Konnyaku, a not-to-be missed super food. This recipe is also made mostly of fruits juice and fresh fruits. I only used a little bit of sugar for this recipe to suit my personal palate. You can adjust the amount according to your preference. It is also not necessarily to use any special Konnyaku jelly moulds to make these jellies. However, they are great for presenting attractive and cute looking jellies to your kids.

 

This homemade jelly may not be one of the healthiest snacks, but it is definitely a healthier version compared to those bought off the shelf in the store that comes with preservative and colouring additives. I bet this delicious jelly, when served chilled, would be a cool treat that can surely cheer your little ones up during this hot weather.

 

Suggested reading references for Konnyaku:
- http://www.shakespeare-w.com/english/konnyaku/whatis.html
- http://www.konnyaku.com/e_data/konnyaku.html

Konnyaku jelly cooking video clip by Phoon Huat:
- http://www.phoonhuat.com/special.htm

 

>>> Click on PAGE 2 BELOW for Konnyaku jelly recipe………………………

 

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71 Comments

  1. Alice says:

    Very tempting and appealing! I am sure the kids will fall in love with them… ! ;)

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  3. Ellena says:

    The colour look so tempting and full of fruity taste!!! I am sure this make a good kiddy party dessert.

  4. Quinn says:

    Only you can make simple Konnyaku look so amazingly good. It’s pretty healthy that you pnly use 4 tbsp sugar. I saw the video from your link by Phoon Huat and they use a cup full of sugar and water. I like how you have used apple juice to flavour it instead. Beautiful, natural colour and the fruit arrangement, looks great!!!

    • food-4tots says:

      Quinn: Thanks!! I’m so flattered with your sweet comments!!! You’re right, the Japanese guy in the video used a lot of sugar. That’s the amount stated in the konnyaku jelly powder packet. Yeah, fresh fruit juice is a better option than sugar. ;)

  5. peachkins says:

    WOW! This looks super yummy! Perfect for kiddies!

  6. Joanne says:

    I love discovering new foods! Thanks so much for posting this. I’ve never heard of konnyaku but now maybe I won’t be so clueless should I ever come across it. The gelatin desserts look so refreshing!

  7. Looks gorgeous LK! And another great use of blueberries! i never knew konnyaku was actually good for you!!

  8. tigerfish says:

    I did not know gelatin can be healthy.

  9. Little Inbox says:

    I use the same brand of Konnyaku jelly powder. :P

  10. The Konnyaku (蒟蒻) jelly are very popular here and widely loved by kids. I guess it’s the healthy dessert that kids love, lol.

  11. Alina says:

    Very pretty! I love the strawberries inside. I like jelly in general – it always looks fun and festive!

  12. jo says:

    Love this jelly and you’ve just reminded me that I have not made this for a long while now. I love adding different types of fruit in it and flavour the jelly as well. Looks real pretty.

  13. anncoo says:

    This is so pretty! I would like to add Korean strawberries, fragrant and sweet but too bad the Season already over but my boys love blueberries too.

  14. MaryMoh says:

    Beautiful and delicious. My children love them very much….me too of course :D

  15. Carolyn Jung says:

    I fell in love with these incredible jellies at a Japanese confection store in San Francisco. The first one I ever tried had a whole single cherry suspended in it. As the jelly was clear, you could see through it to the cherry. It was so beautiful looking. And it tasted fantastic, too!

  16. LCOM says:

    Love the beautiful color of your jelly! You were good to make the blueberry as center as this. I don’t think I have the patience. :P

  17. Not only little ones, I love them as well. You have made them look beautiful and adorable.

  18. I love them too! So pretty!

  19. The shapes from the moulds are so pretty! I love learning about super foods too.

  20. RV says:

    Nice post and delectable dessert.

  21. Dora says:

    Cool dessert for the hot weather! :)

  22. I have two similar moulds…
    These jellies look very cute.

  23. tee are says:

    i’ve heard a lot about konnyaku but this is the first time i see it

  24. sweetlife says:

    love the color, better than jello anyday and what great health benefits, truly amazing

    sweetlife

  25. Linda Sue says:

    I’m searching the net for konnyaku moulds like the ones shown. I’ve only found one place, so far, but it’s $28 for one large and two small, with packages of konnyaku powder. Happy Grass doesn’t seem to have anything to click on to place an order. So unhappy right now. I’ve spent most of the day…

    • food-4tots says:

      Linda Sue: Sorry to hear about that. I had browsed through Happy Grass’s website just now. It looks to me that they are selling their products through retailers and distributors located mostly in Malaysia and Singapore. Maybe you can forward them your queries through their contact form. Hope this helps.

  26. ken says:

    Hi, i have tried making the jellies according to the recipe given by the packet. ( i bought mine from poon huat) however my jellies always turn out too soft and loses its chewy texture.. do you know how i can improve on it?

    • food-4tots says:

      Ken: I haven’t bought jelly powder from Phoon Huat before so I’m not sure what went wrong with your jellies. However, if you’re making konnyaku jelly, then you can watch the konnyaku jelly cooking video link (from Phoon Huat) that I had provided in this post. Alternatively, you can do a comparison between your recipe and mine to identify the differences and rectify your errors. Hope this helps. :)

  27. Sharon says:

    I’m going to make Mango Konnayku jelly soon. :) Thanks for the tip on using fresh juice. Makes it a much healthier option. I never knew the jellies had such good health benefits too. Thx so much for the info dear. :) Yay. :D

  28. Sharon says:

    hi there… I tried this recipe last night… Is there an error in the weight of the jelly powder? 5g? The jelly did not coagulate and this morning, it was still in liquid form. :O

    • food-4tots says:

      Sharon: Yes, the weight for the jelly powder is 5g. I had tried this recipe for many times. So far it worked for me. It’s weird that your jelly didn’t coagulate. Are you using Konnyaku jelly powder or normal jelly powder? Is there any instruction stated at the back of the jelly powder packet? Can you tell me what is the suggested amount of jelly powder for 500ml liquid given by the supplier? ;)

    • Marianne says:

      I also encountered this problem with only 5g of konnyaku powder. I used Happy Farm’s Konnyaku powder. It recommends the whole pack (i.e 42g) of powder with 500ml of water.

      • food-4tots says:

        Marianne: If you are using brand other than Jim Willie, it is better to follow the amount required as stated on the packaging. For Jim Willie brand, it only requires 10g (1 whole packet) for 950ml water. Hope it helps and do give it a try! ;)

  29. Lynn says:

    Hi Lai kuan, ur method no.5, (slowly add in items in step 2), step 2, do u mean the powder n sugar? I gt a problem on my 1st attempt, b4 I pour everything into the moulds, the liquid became jelly form. Therefore, I always can’t fill 100% of the mould. How do I avoid this?
    Thanks.

    • food-4tots says:

      Lynn: Thanks for pointing out. It should be step 4 and not step 2. Sorry for the confusion. Konnyaku jelly sets faster than normal jelly powder or gelatine. So, you need to act fast to pour it into the moulds as soon as possible. Please also watch the video at Phoon Huat’s website to have a brief understanding of the whole process. Hope it helps. ;)

  30. jochng says:

    May I know where can I buy Konnyaku Jelly Powder in PENANG?

    • food-4tots says:

      Jochng: You can try to look for them at any supermarket such as Jaya Jusco, Carrefour, Giant etc. They are sold at the section with agar-agar powder. Hope it helps. ;)

  31. Vivian says:

    Please advise how can I but the konnyaku jelly powder n what brand is it?

    Thanks

    Vivian

  32. Jillian Wing says:

    The Erie names are because when people’s skin comes in contact with the yam when it is raw, the skin will break into rashes that last for weeks

  33. Gregory says:

    Hello,
    Is there a jelly powder brand called O’giou?
    If it is, may I know where to buy them in KL?
    Sorry for going out of this Konnyaku topic.

    Thank you.

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